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of Waltham, MaMachosettt, la to be expended for book* 
for the CoU^e Library. The other half of the income 
it deroted to acholarthiM in Harvard Unirenitjr for the 
benefit of deacendants of 

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MAR 2 150U ' j 











THE inscriptions in an old graveyard are to me pathetic, im- 
pressive and interesting, the verses, sometimes crude, reveal- 
ing the religious hopes and tastes of successive generations. 

Moreover having devoted much time during some oF the best 
years o( my life to the service of the Town of Needham, I have 
been led (o search its venerable records in order to learn some- 
thing of my predecessors. 

The epitaphs included in tbis volume, and those which I con- 
tributed to the Dedham Historical Register for April, 1899, were 
copied by me in the autumns of 1S97 and 189$. In the genealog- 
ical and biographical notes I have utilized my large collection of 
memoranda copied from the Needham town and church records, 
and these are the sources of my information unless otherwise indi- 
cated. Only when it seems unavoidable have 1 availed of printed 
matter or copies. I am well aware that correspondence and the 
examination of town and church records outside of Needham would 
perfect my annotations, but it is not feasible for me to attempt 
more than I have done. That my work may be kept within rea- 
sonable limits, I have not located homes or described landed pos- 
sessions. Old maps and the deeds recorded at Boston and at 
Dedham will in most instances furnish this information to those 
who care to investigate. 

vi Preface 

As to military service, the volumes issued from time to time by 
the Commonwealth and by the various patriotic societies, render it 
unnecessary for me to give details. The town report for 1898, 
published in 1899, contains a list with particulars of forty-six 
soldiers of the Revolution from Needham, whose burial places are 
known. This list was prepared by the writer, who with the Select- 
men was the ' Committee on the Graves of Revolutionary Soldiers/ 
and placed the S. A. R. markers. 

The fact that a man held even a minor town office in the last 
century, or the early part of this one, I have thought worthy of 
preservation and have introduced considerable town history. I am 
aware that this collection is unique and perhaps includes irrelevant 
matter, but I believe that it will be valuable in the future. 

In the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for 
January and for April, 1899, I published a list of the books, pamph- 
lets and newspapers that contain historical or genealogical matter 
relative to Needham ; and to the Dedham Historical Register for 
April, 1899, I furnished twenty-three epitaphs, with notes, from 
an old graveyard in the easterly part of Weston, where are bur- 
ied some persons more or less identified with Needham. I am 
indebted to my esteemed friend the Honorable Enos Houghton 
Tucker, a native of Needham, whose age and accurate memory en- 
ables him to give information that few possess, and who is always 
ready to help me. 

In my historical expeditions I have often been accompanied 
by my neighbor, Mr. Ward Nicholas Hunt, a gentleman of anti- 
quarian tastes, and have received assistance from him which I wish 
to acknowledge. 

Although I have at three different times carefully compared my 
manuscript with the epitaphs, I intend to discard it so far as the 
inscriptions are concerned, and to read the proof from the original. 
I have reproduced as well as I could the different styles of the let- 
tering on the stones. On these old gravestones it is often difficult 

Preface vii 

to decide whether words are intended to be in italics or not ; and 
this is particularly true of the verse. The abbreviations used in the 
notes are in most instances obvious ; they are b., for born ; d., for 
died ; m., for married ; int., for intention of marriage ; yr., for year ; 
mOt, for month ; dy., for day ; dau., for daughter ; N., for Needham ; 
T., for Town ; Ch., for church ; rec, for record ; Need. Ephs., for 
Needham Epitaphs ; Ded. Hist. Reg., for Dedham Historical Reg- 
ister ; gen., for genealogy ; Mass. S. and S. in Rev., for Massachu- 
setts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution. 

The months aie abbreviated only in the genealc^ical portion 
of the notes. All places are in Massachusetts unless the State is 
named. No mention is made of any foot stone unless that alone 
remains to mark a grave. 

I offer this book as my contribution to the history of Needham, 
and of its earlier inhabitants. 


Jani;arv I, 1900. 




OF the five old tombs near the church but two remain. 
There is a large receiving tomb, built in 1854, in the 
westerly part of the graveyard. 

1 The tomb between the vestry and the sidewalk is 

D. M. 1836. 

In 1898 it was owned by Hathaway. Rebecca Morse 

m. Aug. 20, 1848, Harrison Hathaway. D. M. doubtless 
stands for Daniel Morse. 

2 From the Bullard tomb undertaker George H. Robbins 
removed, October 6, 1893, thirteen bodies which were not 
identified, to a lot in the west part of Woodlawn Cemetery. 
This tomb, together with the Parker and Smith tombs, was 
destroyed to make space for the vestry. 

The remains of the following BuUards may have been in 
the tomb : 

Moses, who was lieutenant of the West Company, April ig, 
17751 and allowed ;£6, i3jA., 4^., on December 15, 1777, "for 

lO The Old Graveyard 

his Going to Ticonderoga in the Year 1776." As Capt. 
Moses BuUard he was chosen one of a committee December 
27, 1780, "to hire the men that are Now Called for," and also 
January 15 and 29, 1781, " to Procure the men that are Now 
Called for." In 1781 he was elected selectman, but declined. 
He was one of the committee of the West Precinct 1781, '^6- 
88, precinct collector 1782. For military service see Year 
book S. A. R., 1897, p. 199, and Mass. S. and S. in Rev., 
Vol. II. He was major of the ist Suffolk Regiment of militia 
1782-85. His father was Nathaniel. See 42. 

John was in Capt. Aaron Smith's Company, April 19, 1775. 
For military service of John^ Joseph and Nathafiiel, all of 
Needham, see Mass. S. and S. in Rev., Vol. II. 

Nathaniel, who d. Nov. 27, 18 16, was a deputy sheriff 1799- 
18 16 inclusive, and Nathaniel,* his son, succeeded him as 
deputy sheriff, and d. Mar. 10, 1837, aged 47. Nathaniel, 
senior, was collector for the West Precinct in 1790, and one 
of the precinct committee 1793, '97. He was son of Capt. 

Captain Timothy was elected selectman in 18 19, but de- 
clined; on the committee of the West Precinct 1838-41. He 
was son of Ensign Ephraim (see 42) and d. Dec. 6, 1844, 
aged 65. 

3 From the Parker tomb Mr. Robbins removed, October 
6, 1893, twenty-one unidentified bodies to the lot in Wood- 
lawn Cemetery in which the remains from the Bullard and 
Smith tombs were placed. The Wellesley Congregational 
Church owns this lot and others. 

The Parkers had five representatives among the petitioners 
for the incorporation of the town in 1710, viz: Jolm, Jr., 
Isaac, Jonathan, Samuel and John (Senior). Jonathan was a 
surveyor of highways 17 12, '13, tythingman 1715, '18, '19, 
constable, then the only one, 17 16. 

* Wrongly called William in the Massachusetts Register, 1820-27. 

IVesf Needliam ii 

John, Senior, was the first tythingman, and was chosen 
February 8, 1711/12. He was fence viewer 1715, constable 
1 7 19. 

In 1 7 16 there were two tythingmen, and in 171 8 three. 
The office was not abolished until 1867, although the duties 
of the tythingmen had been indefinite for ninety years. Four 
were chosen in 1866, viz : Everett Johnson Eaton, John Kings- 
bury, Freeman Phillips and Richard Boynton. 

Samuel was one of the " Survayers of hyways," and sworn 
17 1 2, constable 171 7, selectman and assessor 1744, '45 (two 
years) ; Jonathan was town treasurer 1750-55 inclusive,* 
and Enoch was on a committee "to hire Men into the 
Publick Service of the war if any Shall be Wanting " May 
29, 1780, and was selectman and assessor 1782, one of the 
West Precinct committee 1790-97, and served as moderator 
of its meetings in 1795. The Parkers doubtless held many 
minor town offices subsequent to 1720. 

Jacob was a minute man, and Jonathan was killed by the 
British at West Cambridge, April 19, 1775, and buried near 
the scene of the fight. He lived on Charles River Street, 
nearly opposite the modern William Pierce house, but a short 
distance to the southeast. The house was subsequently 
owned and occupied by Deacon Isaac Shepard, and after his 
decease, which occurred in 18 19, by Spencer Fuller. Jona- 
than is said to have left his plow in the field when the news 
came that called him to his death. The Parker school is 
named in his memory. 

In 1834 William i?., of Needham, was lieutenant colonel 
of the 1st Regiment of the 2d Brigade of the ist Division of 
the militia, and in 1835 colonel. Previously he had raised 
in Needham and commanded the Norfolk Rifle Rangers, 
a uniformed militia company of which Paul Dewing was 

* Hereafter let the word inclusive be understood. The years given in all 
cases are those of election, viz: 1750-55 means six full years, — March, 1750, 
to March, 1756. 

12 The Old Graveyard 

lieutenant and John Welles Lyon ensign. Later John J. 
Gorham, a tall man, was captain of the Rangers. 

Several of the Parkers lived in "The Hundreds," and one 
family owned the farm on Blossom Street where the old 
Methodist meeting house, removed thither, has replaced the 
ancient house. "Parker Plain," which is in "The Hun- 
dreds," south of Blossom Street, derives its name from this 

4 On October 6, 1893, Mr. Robbins removed thirty-three 
unidentified bodies from the Smith tomb. 

A brief account of the Smiths who have been prominent 
in town, but who do not appear later in this volume, may be 
of some interest. 

There were as many as three distinct races of Smiths here 
in early times. The most numerous were descendants of 
Christopher ; hut/ames, who came from the north of Ireland 
in 171 8 (see Needham Recorder, December 7, 1896, and 
Need. Ephs., p. 6), was the founder of an eminently respect- 
able family. John, Jr^ Christopher and Joshua were peti- 
tioners for the incorporation of the town in 17 10. Christo- 
pher was a surveyor of highways 171 2, '20, one of the two 
field drivers 1716. On March 27, 1717, "Christp: Smith, 
Henery Duing, Hawards." These officers appear the fol- 
lowing year, 1718, and in 1719, but not again. Christopher 
was a fence viewer in 1720. 

Johji was representative to the General Court in 17 14, re- 
elected in 1715, and declined ; selectman 171 1, '13-16, '18, '20 
(seven years), assessor 1713-16, '18, '20. "Sar"'" John 
Smith was a fence viewer in 1714. On January 29, 1717/18, 
the town chose John Smith, Sr., Samuel Parker and Thomas 
Metcalf a committee "to provid a buerall Cloath," also 
" Scalls and weights Such as the Law Directs," and " Meaf- 
uers for Standards for this town." John Smith, Sr., was 
chosen March 14, 1719/20, "to hould out y* box upon Sabbath 
Days & Diliue y® money to Josiah Kingsbery treasurer." 

IVest NeedhafH 13 

The selectmen were usually five in number until March, 
1733, when three only were chosen. In the early years the 
town clerk was ex-officio a selectman. The number of select- 
men was five until 1845, ^^^^^ ^^^ exception of the following 
years: seven in 1714, nine in 1747, three in 1733, '38, '41, 
1818, '30, '31 ; and from 1845 ^^ ^^e present time the num- 
ber has been three. 

John, Jr., was fence viewer 1713, '16, '19, tythingman 
1717, selectman and assessor 1717, '19, '22, '24, '26 and 
'28. On March 10, 1711/12, he was on a committee with 
" Sarg." John Fisher, Jeremiah Woodcock, Robert Cook and 
Joseph "Daniir* "to Answer the Commity of Dedham in 
Reffarance to Stating a Line Betwene the town of Dadham 
& Needham." In the preceding February he had been on a 
committee with Woodcock and Daniell to "treat" with 
Dedham as to the line. On January 14, 171 8/19, he was on 
the " Comity " to care for the school land, and to " Set up a 
Schoole." See 5. 

Jonatlian was a field driver 171 3, '15, '20, one of the three 
"Hawards" 1718. In 1719 "Jonath Smith Andrew Wod- 
kins for the Regelalating of Swine & Sworn." 

Jonathan was selectman 1736, '38, '49, assessor 1736, and 
in 1740 "Jonathan Smith & John Goodanow were Chosen 
to take Care of y* Deer." Ensign Aaron^ afterwards lieu- 
tenant, was selectman 1737, '40, '42, '44, '47-51. Aaron 
was again elected in 1754, but declined. He was assessor 
1737, '40, '44, '47, '48, '51, fence viewer 1754, '69, one of the 
"Dearreaves" 1760, '73-76, warden 1768 (excused), '71. 

At this period it is difficult to distinguish between him 
and his kinsman later known as Capt. Aaron, as they may 
both have been lieutenants, and confusion as to these minor 
town offices is possible. (Need. Ephs., p. 12.) (See Ded. 
Hist. Reg., Vol. VII, p. 136, and Vol. IX, p. 10, for an 
account of him and of three of his relatives bearing the same 
name.) March 13, 1738/9, John Fisher, Esq., "Jeames" 
Smith and Aaron Smith were a committee "to draw up 

14 The Old Graveyard 

Sumthing to bring to the Town Refpecting Rams Running 
att Large." 

I have not attempted to mention fully the minor town 
offices held by the Smiths after 1720. 

Jonathan was selectman in 1758, and was perhaps identical 
with the Jonathan mentioned before. 

Aaron^Jr., known as **Hawk" Aaron, nephew of lieuten- 
ant Aaron, was a private in the East Company April 19, 
1775, and served later in the war. The Ded. Hist. Reg., 
Vols. VII and IX, contain biographical matter which I wrote 
relative to him, and I will add a few items. 

On May 6, 1778, he was on a committee "to hier the men 
that are now to be raifed. Difcrecinary, and at the bed 
Method they can." 

On July 26, 1779, he was the first named in the record of a 
committee '' to Set what Some of money men Should have 
that go into the war for y* town of Needham," and August 2, 
he was on the committee "to Confider and Say what Allow- 
ance thofe Officers Should have That were Mentioned in the 
laft Report of y® Committee." 

On March 13, 1780, he was one of the committee of ** Cor- 
respondence Infpection & Safety," and May 29, he was on a 
committee to reckon with the committee "Chosen to Hire 
Men into the Publick Service of the war." 

On December 27, 1780, he was one of the five added to 
the previously appointed committee of three "to hire the 
men that are Now Called for," and January 29, 1781, he was 
one of a committee of nine to ascertain the amount of the 
town debts. 

He was a field driver in 1777, fence viewer in 1778, high- 
way surveyor 1780, '88, moderator several times, constable, 
selectman 1781, assessor 1787, collector for the First Parish 
1785, '88 "to collect taxes for 1787," and on its standing 
committee 1791, '92. 

In 1792 he was one of the three agents to "Carry on all 
Caufes or Suits at Law in favor or againft the Town," in 1794 

West Needliam 15 

on a committee with reference to "an allowance being made 
to those men that are Drafted as minute men." In 1796 
he was on a committee "for building & repairing School 
Houses," as the Great Plain member, and in 1797 he was 
chosen one of the committee to reckon with the town 

In 1792 and 1793 either he or his relative later known as 
"Squire Aaron," was one of a committee of three "to join 
with Natick Committee to petition the General Court to 
form the Two Towns agreeable to a Vote." 

In 1796 one of these Aarons was a hogreave, and one of 
three men chosen " to open the Bridle way acrofs Chestnut 
Hill." "Hawk" Aaron was an innholder for some years, 
and owned upwards of 300 acres of land in Needham, most 
of it near his home. 

Pelatiah^ son of "Hawk" Aaron, was collector for the 
south side of the First Parish 1801. "FebyS, 1795 Aaron 
Smith the 3'' owned the covenant ; and was baptized {Priva- 
tint quia cegrotate)'' Ch. Rec. kept by Rev. S. Palmer. This 
Aaron was a son of " Hawk " Aaron, and the young man d. 
Feb. 16, 1795, aged 22 years. 

Capt. Robert^ son of James, who came from the north 
of Ireland (Need. Ephs., p. 20), was assessor 1758, '76. He 
commanded the East Company (militia) April 19, 1775, and 
there is an S. A. R. bronze marker on his grave. He also 
served later in the war. 

On May 29, 1775, he was chosen the committee, consist- 
ing of one, of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety. July 
15 he was on a committee "to Confult what Method to Raife 
the money to Incouriage the Men that are to be Raifed to 
Go to Canady." On February 17, 1777, he was one of a 
committee of seven " To See what has been paid, and who 
has Done a turn or part of a turn, Perfonally," and March 
19, 1779, '^® ^^s chosen on a committee of five " to Set what 
Sum of Money the Town Shall Allow to a man that may be 
Drafted or Goes Volentary into the Publick Service of th€ 

1 6 The Old Graveyard 

war for the Town of Need ham when Called for Ij y* Enfuing 
year," and August, 1779, ^® ^^^ chosen a delegate to a con- 
vention at Cambridge to prepare a Constitution or form of 
Government, but did not attend. 

On January 29, 1781, he was placed on the committee "to 
Procure the men that are Now Called for," and April 5, 1781, 
he was again chosen one of the committee of Correspondence, 
Inspection and Safety. In 1794 he was one of the com- 
mittee as to " an allowance being made to those men that 
are Drafted as minute men." 

He was collector in 1793 "for y* South division in said 
Parish" (the First Parish) and on its standing committee 
1784, '85 (two years), and was selectman 1793-95. He served 
on many committees of the town not named in this brief list, 
and was a leading citizen. For a short account of him see 
the History and Directory of Needham, 1888-89, p. 31, and 
the Needham Recorder, December 7, 1896. 

Capt. William, brother of Capt. Robert, was assessor 1765, 
selectman 1770, '75, '79, and on the committee of the First 
Parish 1782. In 1776 and again in 1777 he was chosen one 
of the committee of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety, 
and March 9, 1778, he was on the committee to decide what 
the town "Shall allow to a man that Shall be Drafted or 
Goes Vollentery into the Publick Service of the war." He 
is called Cap" in the town records. He d. Sept. 21, 181 1, 
aged ^j, 

Jonathan was a corporal in Capt. Aaron Smith's Company 
April 19, 177s, and John, Jr, John Jd^ Jeremiah, Samuel, 
Ithamar, Jr,, and Abiel who was of Natick, were privates in 
the same company. 

David, Jonathan, and Ithamar were minute men April 
J9> I775> ^"d William was in the East Company. Wil- 
liam, Jr., was a soldier in the Revolution and served near 

John, Sr., enlisted for service in Canada, and in February, 
1777, was paid his bounty of £7. 

IVcsi Necdliam ly 

On June 6, 1780, Jonathan was on a committee of nine to 
report on the acceptance of the ** Form of Government " pro- 
posed for the State. Lieut Jonathan was one of the West 
Precinct committee 1790. 

Benjamin is said to have been the last survivor of the Rev- 
olutionary soldiers who went from Needham. 

Lutluvrnzs elected selectman April 5, 18 19, and declined. 

Lntlur 2d was sexton of the West Precinct for some years 
early in this century. 

Janus ^ son of Capt. Robert, was town clerk i8oo» select- 
man 1807-11, representative to the General Court 1808 and 
'09 (Need. Ephs., p. 22). 

Amraphel^ son of James preceding, was collector for the east 
part of the town, selectman 1829, '31, assistant assessor 1830, 
'31 (Need. Ephs., p. 40). 

Janus ^ brother of the preceding, was selectman 1840, '41, 
assessor 1840, '43, on the standing committee of the First 
Parish 1836, '43, '44, warden of the town farm five years. 
He d. March 28, 1894, aged 90 years and was buried in 
N. For an account of him, and of several generations 
of his family, see the Needham Recorder for December 7, 

Daniel was on the committee of the First Parish in 1800, 
and was its collector for the north side in 1801. Daniel, 
probably this one, d. Nov. 6, 1802, aged 56. 

7Vm£?/A;/ was the collector in 1793 "for y* north division 
in said parish," and again in 1805 and in 18 14. The latter 
year his compensation was .037 cents on a dollar. (Need. 
Ephs., p. 27). 

Newell^ son of Timothy, was chosen deacon of the First 
Church, May 31, 1822, but declined, and in 1832 was elected 
parish treasurer, but did not serve. It is said that he was 
called " Deacon could be," and his neighbor Israel Whitney 
" Deacon would be." The town records in some instances 
give Newell Smith the title of Deacon. He was on the 
standing committee of the parish in 1835. 

1 8 The Old Graveyard 

Timothy Newell^ son of Newell, was selectman 1849-51. 
For half a century he kept a record of events in the town, 
but after his death the manuscript was burned by a person 
incapable of appreciating its value. 


This tomb was built in 1809 by Sarah, widow of the Rev. 
Stephen Badger of Natick, and bequeathed to the Rev. 
Thomas Noyes, whose remains with those of members of 
his family rest here. Mr. Noyes, who was A. M. both at 
Harvard and at Brown, was ordained as the first minister of 
the church in the West Precinct, July 10, 1799, dismissed July 
9j 1833, and d. Dec. 29, 1837. He was on the first school 
board, then called Inspecting School Committee, in 1826, 
and served also 1827-36. 

Prior to 1826 the town chose only district school com- 
mittees consisting of three men in each district, but that 
year elected a general committee of seven, retaining a pru- 
dential committee in each district. 

In 1838 the school committee, which the previous year 
had been reduced to three, was designated as the Superin- 
tending School Committee, and in 1843 the selection of the 
prudential committees was left to the districts. These school 
districts were created May 11, 1785, and at the March meet- 
ing in 1855 had ceased to exist. 

The choice of a general school committee in 1826 was 
the result of State legislation. In 1870 the number of the 
committee was increased to six, and so continued until the 
division of the town in 188 1. As early as 17 14 a school was 
maintained, and about 171 8 the town received from Timothy 
Dwight a gift of land in what is now Dover, the income to 
be used for the schools. The town still owns this land which 
is 40 acres, and the school at the old Centre is named the 
Dwight school. 

On January 14, 1718/ 19 it was put to vote to see if the 
town would ** Set up a Schoole for the teaching of Children 

West Needliam 19 

for Some time in y« year and it was anf wered by a vote in the 
affarmmitive it was also voted in the affarmmitei that their 
Should be a Rate made of Six pounds for the Suport of the 

" all so voted to Chufe a Commity to Looke after a per- 
cill of Land Given for the Suport of the School By M^ Tim- 
othy Dwight. 

" it was voted in the affarmmitive that this Schoole Should 
be a moving Schoole and Keep^ at three places in the Town 
& lift to the Commity to procuer places Conveinent." 

"Jer*: woodCok Benj™ mills jun John Smith juner was 
Chofen a Commity to take the "^^^r^ hereof." 

On January 11, 1724/5,* the town voted that there should 
be a "Schoole Keep* in four parts of the town." 

I cannot learn that there was any building for school pur- 
poses in East Needham in 1732, but there was in West 
Needham in 1735. 

Mr. Noyes m. Rebecca, d. May 13, 1832, dau. of Dr. Wil- 
liam Deming, and grand-dau. of Rev. Oliver Peabody, and 
the tomb is now owned wholly or in part by Mrs. Frances 
Mary Edwena (Noyes) White, wife of the Honorable George 
White. Mrs. White is descended from several of the old 
families of Needham. Rev. Thomas Noyes m. secondly 
Sarah Brown Callender. 

The births of four of Mr. Noyes's children are recorded in 

For an account of Mr. Noyes, with portrait, see the His- 
tory of the Wellesley Congregational Church, by the Rev. 
Edward Herrick Chandler, 1898. From this excellent church 
history it appears that a large proportion of the persons bur- 
ied in the old graveyard were members of the church of which 
Mr. Chandler is now the pastor. 

* Apparently the early town clerks wrote the year new style whenever they 
failed to give the double date. To avoid uncertainty I have given the double 
date in such instances. 

20 The Old Graveyard 

6-7 DAVID SMITH | died Feb. 24, 1832, | iEt. 71. 
PHEBE SMITH | died Nov. 14, 1848, | i^t. 80. 

Those who ktiew thevt laved them. 

Where two or more numbers are together, viz. 6-7, it 
means that there is more than one inscription on the stone. 

He was b. July 19, 1761, son of David and Elizabeth 
(Dewing) Smith, who were m. March 27, 1751. (T. and Ch. 

David, Jr., was a surveyor of highways 1786, '87, '99, 1802, 
'04-08, *i6, '17, district school committee. West, 1797, 1800, 
Northwest 1802, '07-09, tythingman 1800, '02, '09, '10, '19, 
'20, '24, selectman 1805-11. On April 7, 1800, he was on a 
committee to make " Alterations in highway Districts,*' and 
October 27, 1803, he was one of the agents as to a road ; 
coroner 1792-1832, field driver 1820-22, '24, '27, '29, town 
agent 18 13-15. On May 9, 1796, Cr"° David Smith repre- 
sented the West district on the committee, one from each 
school district, "for building & repairing School Houses." 
" Crow"" David Smith, Jr., was one of the West Precinct com- 
mittee 1801. On May 18, 1801, the First Parish appointed 
five agents to attend to "David Smith Jun'''s Petition & 
others Respecting Incorporating Said Precinct into a Town 
or District." On April 7, 1806, the town voted "tofurnifh 
each deftrict with a plow of Sufficient size to accommodate 
them," and David Smith, Jr., was one of the committee of six 
to do this. He served on numerous committees, including 
one chosen March 6, 181 5, "to dispose of the Old School 
house in the west part of the town." 

He ceased to be called junior in the records about 1808, as 
his father d. Dec. 23, 1807, aged 81. 

Phebe was b. Sept. 7, 1767, dau. of Samuel and Hannah 
Hunting, m. David Smith, Jr., Jan. 3, 1788. (T. and Ch. 
Recs.) Her father, Samuel Hunting, m. June 27, 1764, 
widow Hannah Savage of Sherborn. 

West Needham 21 

8 (Willow and am.) 

In Memory of \ mrs. HADASSAH, | Wife of | Cap* Abel Stevens. | 
WHO DIED \July 4, 1852. | Aged 79 Yrs. 

We have loved thee on earthy 
May we meet thee in Heaven. 

She was 79 yrs., 2 mos., 22 dys. (T. Rec), b. in Needham, 
dau. of Lieut. Oliver and Sibcl Mills. Mrs. Mills was the 

widow of Pratt, and Mr. Mills's second wife. Hadassah 

m. Abel Stevens July 11, 1799. Lieut. Oliver Mills had a 
sister "Hadafsah," bapt. Oct. 5, 1760. "Sept: 27: 1760 
At Night John Mills had a Daughter born Hadafsah." (Ch. 

9 ERECTED | to the memory of | Capt. Abel Stevens, | who 

died I June 27, 1814, | i£t. 45. 

He was son of 26 and 27. 

"E" Abel Stevens'* was hogreave in 1800. This office 
dates, in Needham, from 1719, when two men were chosen 
"for the Regelalating of Swine and Sworn." On March 4, 
1722/3, the town voted that "Swine Should Run at Larg,** 
and 1725 "the Hogs set at Liberty by a vote." The freedom 
or restraint of the swine was a burning question as early as 
1723, and the keeping of these animals is still an issue. The 
last hogreaves were chosen in 1834. There were eleven in 
18 1 3, but the number varied greatly from time to time. 
" LV* Abel Stevens was on the Northwest district school com- 
mittee 1802, *o6, and that of the West district 18 12. He 
was a surveyor of highways in 1800, an office dating from 
February 8, 1711/12, when five were chosen. The select- 
men are now the highway surveyors. Field driver 1803, '04, 
'13 (called "Capt" 1812). Two field drivers were chosen in 
1711/12, and four in 1712/13. In 1898 there were eight 
field drivers. In 1802 Lieut. Abel Stevens was on the West 
Precinct committee. In 18 12 Capt. Stevens attended the 
Methodist Church in "The Hundreds." He owned (inven- 

22 The Old Graveyard 

tory) 150 acres of land in Needham, and 20 acres in Natick. 
His children, Franklin, Caroline, Almira, Mary Ann, Had- 
assah, Lorenzo, Luther Mills and Adeline, had William 
Fuller for their guardian in 18 16. 

10 (Urn.) 

In memory of | Abel Stevens | Son of \ Cap^, Abel and \ Mrs, 
Hadassah Stevens \ who died June 6, 181 1. | M\. 3 years. 

He was b. March 17, 1808. 

Capt. Abel Stevens is well represented in Wellesley by 
Abel Franklin Stevens and Herbert Jowel Stevens, sons of 
Fran)clin. Abel F. organized the Needham Farmers* and 
Mechanics* Association in 1877, was its first president, and 
served two years. He was a registrar of voters in Wellesley 
for three years. 

Herbert J. was auditor four or five years, has been assessor 
for many years, and was a member of the school committee 
1886-97, twelve years, was its secretary several years, and 
chairman some four or five years. 

He was president of the Needham Farmers* and Mechanics' 
Association 1887-9, two years 

11 In memory of | Mr. Abijah Stevens, | who died | Oct : 25, 

1841, I aged 77 years. 

He was son of 26 and 27. 

He was hogreave 1799, 18 18, '20-22, fence viewer 181 3-1 5, 
'23-28, '34, *36, West district school committee 1815, field 
driver 1836. On February 8, 1711/12, two fence viewers 
were chosen, in 18 13 there were five, and such officers have 
continued to the present time; the selectmen are now the 
fence viewers. 

12 In memory of | Mrs. Sarah | wife of | Mr, Abijah Stevens^ \ 

who died | May i, 18 16. | aged 38 years 

Abijah Stevens and Sarah Rider, both of Needham, were 
m. Mar. 3, 1799. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

IVes^ Needham 23 

13 In memory of | ANNA STEVENS | Widow of \ Abijah 

Stevens; | Who died May 10, 1848 : | Aged 75 years. 

She was b. in Watertown, dau. of Samuel and Louis (Cool- 
idge) Brown (T. Rec. and Bond's Watertown) ; m. Abijah 
Stevens Dec. 16, 1821. Mrs. Anna Stevens was admitted to 
the Church in West Needham, February 21, 1828, having 
been dismissed from the First Church in Newton. Her 
mother's name is *' Louis '* in the records. 

14 In memory of \ FRANCIS, | son of | Abijah 6- Sarah | 

Stevens^ \ who died | Oct. 10, 1801, | aged 12 days. 

Francis was b. Sept. 28, 1801. 

15 In memory of | JOSEPH | son of | Abijah dr* Sarah \ Stevens^ 
I who died | Sept 10, 1809, | aged i year | & 8 months. 

His birth is not recorded in T. Rec. 

16 In memory of | ELIZA ANN | daughter of | Abijah dr* Sarah \ 
Stevens y \ who died | Sept. 18. 1809, | aged 3 years | & 8 months. 

She was b. Jan. 3, 1806. 

17 In memory of | WARREN | son of | Abijah 6- Sarah \ 

Stevens y \ who died | March 9, 18 15, | aged 9 months. 

His birth is not recorded in T. Rec. 

18 In memory of | Miss Christiana Stevens, | who died | July 

7. 1840, I aged 36 years. 

She was b. May 14, 1804, dau. of 11 and 12. " Chrischina " 
in T. Rec. 

19-24 ABIJAH STEVENS | died in Mobile, Ala. \ Dec. 7, 1832, 

aged 32, 

AMOS, died in Fayetteville N. C, \ May 20, 1854, aged 45. 
OTIS, died in San Francisco^ CaL \ Nov. 10, 1850, aged 38. 

HARRIOT, died May ij, 186^, \ aged 62 y'rs, 8 mos. 

FRANCIS OTIS, died Sept. ^g, 184*7, \ Mi. 3 y'rs, 10 mo*s 

FRANCES MARIA died Aug. 8, 184P, \ JEt. 19 mo's. 

Children of Otis 6^ Maria Stevens. 

All six inscriptions are on one stone. 

24 The Old Graveyard 

Abijah, b. Sept. 15, 1800; Amos, b. June 10, 1809; Otis, 
b. July 29, 1812 ; Harriot, children of 11 and 12. 

25 In memory of | Mr George Stevens | who died | Jan. 24, 

»83S» I ag®^ 3* years. 

George Rider Stevens, son of 11 and 12, was b. Jan. i, 
1803. George Stevens m. Harriet Russell of Dedham, April 
9, 1828. The latter George was George Gay Stevens. 

26 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | M«* Svbel Stevens, | Wife of M^ Ephraim Stevens \ 

who died Nov^ 27, 1804 | iEt. 63. 

Friend quit this Stone <Sr* look above the skies^ 
The dust lies here but virtue never dies. 

She was b. Jan. 22, 1742 , dau. of Jeremiah and Hepzibah 
(Peterson) Gay (m. Apr. 25, 1739, Hepzibah, then of Wal- 
tham). Ephraim Stevens, of Holden, and Sybel Gay, of 
Newton, m. Oct. 11, 1759, Rev. Jonathan Townsend, A. M., 
officiating. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

27 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | M« Ephraim Stevens | who died Sep*. 17, 1806 : | 

Mi. 76. 

Death the great conquerer^ eould not win the wholes 
Earth keeps his ashes and heaven receives his Soul. 

On June 14, 1772, *• Ephraim Stephens & his wife being 
dismissed from & recommended by y® Chh. in Holden were 
admitted to our Communion'* (Ch. Rec.) In 1798 he and 
his wife were dismissed from the First Church to the church 
in the West Precinct. 

He was a sergeant in the Needham company of minute 
men April 19, 1775, served near Boston in 1777 and 1778, 
and received from the town for services in the war £6, I3i'., 
4^. (T. Rec, Vol. HI, p. 155.) There is an S. A. R. 
marker on his grave. In 1776 he was a constable and a sur- 
veyor of highways, and in 1777 tythingman. In 1790 and 

IVes^ Needham 25 

'94-95 he was on the committee of the West Precinct. His 
will is dated July 13, 1803, and he mentions "Sibble my be- 
loved wife," sons Ephraim, Abijah, Joseph, Samuel, Charles, 
Silas, Abel, daus. Sarah Morse, Sibble Dudley, Phebe Flagg 
and Susanna Harris. Mr. Stevens owned (inventory) yy 
acres of land. In the church records I find the following : 
bapt. Aug. 28, 1774, "Sibill Daugh' of Ephraim Stephens." 
She m. Aug. 25, 1793, Benjamin Dudley, Jr., of East Sud- 
bury. (Ch. Rec.) 

In 1 8 19 Silas, grandson of 26 and 27, attended St. Mary's 
Church (Episcopal) at Newton Lower Falls. George Gay, 
another grandson of 26 and 27, was treasurer of the First 
Parish in Needham 1832, one of its standing committee 1854 
and '55, and deacon of the First Church June 3, 1859, until 
his death Nov. 20, 1875. (Need. Ephs*, p. 64.) Herbert 
Scarborough, son of the deacon, was the collector for the 
First Parish 187 1. 

Augustus was selectman 1 861-8 (eight years) and held 
minor town offices earlier. Under the old system of dis- 
tricts he was a surveyor of highways, and when the number 
of such "surveyors" was reduced to four in 1867, he con- 
tinued in office until April 10, 1876, when the duties of the 
surveyors of highways ceased, and Mr. Stevens was sole 
superintendent of roads for two years. In 1878 Charles 
Hiram Dewing became his colleague, having charge of the 
east part of the town. In 1881 the town was divided, and 
Mr. Stevens was for some years the superintendent of 
streets in Wellesley. He d. March 4, 1899. I" ^^^"^ there 
were ten highway districts, and from 1867 to '76 the number 
was four. 

28-29 EPHRAIM STEVENS | died July 2 1843, I ^t. 83. 
REBECCA, I wife of \ Ephraim Stevens | died Aug. 25, 1805, | 

^t. 35. 

Both inscriptions are on one stone. In this yard several 
stones were reset recently, and some have fallen. The old 
blue slate stones are in better condition than the others. 


26 The Old (iraveynrd 

Ephraim Stevens, Jr., son of 26 and 27, was a fence viewer 
in 1802, and (E. S. without the Jr.) in 1808, '17, *22, '23, '25, 
sealer of bread, 1816-19, '26, '27, field driver, 1818, '19, '22-28, 
hogreave, 1825-27. Surveyors of bread were first chosen 
March 16, 1772; they were usually called sealers of bread 
from 1835-March 4, 1867, when these offices were abolished. 
In 1818 the town record calls them "Weigers of Bread." 
In 1812 he was in the list of Methodists (church in "The 
Hundreds"). His will is dated April 17, 1843, and names 
son Timothy and the " children of Henry Travis of Natick," 
also the children of Timothy Stevens, grandson Augustus 
Stevens executor. The inventory includes 105 acres of land, 
9i of which were in "Brook Meadow." 

30-33 STEVENS. 


CHARLES STEVENS | died June 6 1855, | iEt. 70 yrs. 
SYBEL, I wife of Charles Stevens, | died Jan. 14, 1866. Aix, 75 yrs. 

Friend after fiHend departs ; 
Who hath not lost a friend? 
There is no union here of hearts^ 
That finds not here an end. 


REBECCA STEVENS | died Nov. 26, 1826, | JSx, 8 yrs. 
REBECCA STEVENS | died Aug. 20, 1833, | iEt. 5 yrs. 

Charles was b. March 29, 1785, son of 26 and 27. He was 

a hogreave 1818, '19. Sybel was dau. of Smith, m. 

Charles Stevens April 13, 1818 (int. Feb. 21). 

34-38 STEVENS. 


TIMOTHY STEVENS | died | Feb. 4, 1854, | iiit 69. 
ELIZA, I wife of | Timothy Stevens, | died May 9, 1864, | ^t 63. 

There is rest in Heaven 

IVest Needham 27 


SAMUEL STEVENS | died May 10, 1840, iEt. 22. 

FRANCIS STEVENS | died June 28, 1842, Mx. 20. 

ELBRIDGE STEVENS, | Co A. 39 Regt. Mass. Vols. | died at 

Richmond, Va. | Mar. 1865, i£t. 21. 

Timothy was b. Jan. 25, 1785, son of 28 and 29. He was 
a hogreave in 18 18. 

Eliza was b. in Weston, dau. of Jeremiah and Elizabeth 
(Fuller) Stimson ; m. Timothy Stevens Dec. 7, 1817. Age 
at death, 63 yrs., 6 mos. (T. Rec.) 

Samuel was b. 1818 ; Francis was b. May 8, 1822 ; Elbridge 
was b. Sept. 5, 1843. Sons of 34 and 35. 

39 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | Dea. Joseph Daniells, | who died April 16*?. 

1810. I Aged 73 Years. 

He was b. July 23, 1736, bapt. July 25 , son of Joseph 
and Experience (Newell) Daniell (Need. Ephs., p. 9) ; field 
driver 1763, '71, tythingman 1765, '73, surveyor of highways 
1772, *94, '98, fence viewer 1775, assessor 1774, one of the 
two " Dearreaves '* 1775. Deerreaves were first chosen in 
Needham November 23, 1739, and the last were for the year 
1798. There were usually two, but occasionally only one. 
The selectmen were assessors 1712-32, '34-37, '39, '40, 

'43-48, '5i-57» '59-63. '(>7, '^^. 71. 72, '82. 

When the assessors were not identical with the selectmen 
the board has consisted of three. The writer is the present 
chairman. During the early part of this century two or 
more assistant assessors were from time to time chosen, 
usually when there was to be a general valuation. The first 
separate board of assessors was elected in 1732/3, and con- 
sisted of Capt. Robert Cook, who served twenty-seven years, 
the longest time to date, John Fisher, Jr., and Benoni Wood- 
ward. Mr. Fisher was one of a very prominent family, and 
among other offices he held that of clerk of the market, to 

28 The Old Graveyard 

which he was chosen March 6, 17 15/16, and in which he also 
served in 1717, '19 and *22. Thomas Metcalf was the clerk of 
the market in 1718, but I cannot learn what the duties of 
the office were, and it was soon discontinued. In 1720 none 
was elected. The office of sealer of weights and measures 
has continued from 17 12 to the present time in Needham. 
In 1720 John Fisher was chosen "to Seal Wights and Meaf- 
uers the first munday in April appointed to bring y« Sd wights 
and meafuers to be proved." 

Joseph Daniell, then Junior, was on a committee of five, 
March 9, 1772, to " Rebuild or Repair y^ Bridges," and March 
9, 1795, he was on a committee "for building a school house 
in said Diflrict," the Lower Falls, and the same year to hire 
teachers, and was district school committee 1797. 

On April 19, 1775, he was a sergeant of the West Com- 
pany, and March 10, 1777, was one of the town "Committee 
of Correspondence Inspection and Safety," which consisted 
of three. For military service of Joseph, Samuel, and Tim- 
othy, see Mass. S. and S. in Rev., Vol. III. There is an S. 
A. R. marker on the grave of Joseph. He was chosen a 
deacon of the Second or West Church August 16, 1799, and 
served to May 17, 1805. In 1798 he and his wife were dis- 
missed from the First Church to the West Church, and the 
same year he was one of the committee of the West Pre- 
cinct, and its collector 1800. 

A few notes as to this family may be of value. 

Sergeant Joseph Daniles was in N. in 171 1, and was select- 
man and assessor 171 2. In 17 12 he was on the boundary 
committee (see John Smith Jr.), fence viewer 1713, '14, '16, 
'17, '19. "Sarg^" Joseph Daniel was one of the "Seruaiers 
of highways" in 1714, '19, '20, tythingman 1716, '18. He 
died in 1720. 

Joseph was selectman and assessor 175 1, as was Samuel in 
1755 \ Jeremiah was selectman 1783. The latter was a corporal 
in the West Company April 19, 1775, and the town has placed 
a bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave (Need. Ephs., p. 13). 

West Needftam 29 

He was on a committee to care for the soldiers' families, May 
22, 1778. He was baptized Oct. 21, 1744, son of Joseph, 
selectman and assessor 175 1, and brother of Deacon Joseph 
whose epitaph I have given. 

Timothy was at York as a soldier in September, 1776. For 
military service of Jeremiah see Year-book S. A. R. 1897, p. 
230, and Mass. S. and S. in Rev., Vol. HI, for others of the 
name. Timothy was collector for the West Precinct 1781. 

Samuel was a corporal of the Needhara minute men April 

I9» 1775. 

Timothy was treasurer of the First Parish 1839-40 (two 

years), and on its standing committee 1852, '53. The stand- 
ing committee of the parish corresponds to the selectmen of 
the town, the parish being organized the same as a town so 
far as its principal officers are concerned. 

Timothy was also deacon of the First Church from July, 
1849, ""^^' l^^s death. His resignation was offered August 5, 
1859, ^" consequence of illness or removal from town, but 
was not accepted. The latter portion of his life he resided 
in Roxbury, where he d. Mar. 5, 1894. 

40 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of \ Mrs Mary Danieli^ | wife of \ Dea, Jos^h 
Daniells^ \ who died June d^hi 1803, \ Aged ^6 Years. 

She was dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth Cummings, and 
widow of Moses Keith. She m. Joseph Daniel, Jr., Nov. 27, 
1777. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

41 (Willow.) 

In memory of | Chester, Son of | Mr Joseph Daniells J'- 1 & Mrs 
Nabby Daniells | who died Sep* 20*^ | 1807. Aged 10 Days. 

Ihy rest 
Sleep on sweet babe and take a 

God caird the home He saw it a 

Chester was b. Sept. 10, 1807. Joseph Daniells, Jr., was 
son of 39 and 40. "Feb: 23: 1762 ^\ight) Joseph Daniel 

30 The Old Graveyard 

had a Son born Jos : Daniel Jun," bapt. Apr. 5, 1767 (Ch. 
Rec). This was a son of 39 by his first wife, and d. June i, 
1777 (Need. Ephs., p. 12). Joseph, Jr., m. June 11, 1806 
(int. May 3), Abigail, b. May 22, 1784, dau. of Jeremiah and 
Abigail (Fisher) Daniell. 

42 (Cherub's head and wings.) 

In Memory of | Enfi Ephraim BuUard | who died March 13'^ | 1779 

in the 58'^ year | of his age. 

TAe fweet remembrance of the Juft 
Shall Jlouri/h when they fleep in Duft, 

He was b. Aug. 22^ 1721, son of Nathaniel and Dorothy 

Nathaniel was in N. 171 1, elected field driver 1713, sur- 
veyor of highways 17 16, fence viewer 17 18, selectman and 
assessor 1732, and declined that year, but served in both 
offices in 1740, '46. He was admitted to the Church in 
Needham September, 1727, and "laid hold on the Covenant 
25 years since in Sudbury." (Ch. Recs.) I have not noted 
his service in the minor town offices subsequent to 1720. 
There is a place in Weston called BuUard's Mill. It is a 
mile or more from the old Needham line. 

Ephraim was hogreave 1747/8, fence viewer 1753, field 
driver 1754, highway surveyor 1756, '57, '66, constable 1759, 
"Dearreave" 1760, selectman and assessor 1761, surveyor of 
bread 1772, '73 ; on a committee of five, November 18, 1772, 
"to Build a New Meeting House." He kept the Bullard 
tavern, which was located on or near the site of the Wellesley 
College lodge, and received the Lexington alarm, and spread 
the news. Bullard's Pond, now known as Lake Waban, covers 
119 acres. 

For more about the Bullards see 2. 

On May 20, 1899, Mr. Hunt and I unearthed a foot-stone 
with H. B. on it, about one rod east of the foot-stone 

-C -- 

IVi'st Nccdham 31 

43 (Willow.) 

In Memory of | Mrs Beulah BuUard, | wife of | Ensign Eph™ 
Bullard, | who died | Janr 1802, | iEt. 75. 

44 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | Mrs. Beulah Bullard, | wife of | Cap*. 
Eph^ Bullard, | who died | OcU 1802, | MX. 52 

Ephraini Bullard (45) and Beulah Goodenow were m. Nov. 
21, 1771, by the Rev. Samuel West. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

46 (Willow and um.) 

IN MEMORY OF | CapT Ephraim Bullard, | WHO 
DIED I April 2, 1826, | iEt. 78. 

He was b. July 29, 1747, son of 42 and 43, bapt. Aug. 26, 
1747, by the Rev. Oliver Peabody. 

Ephraim was drummer for the Needham minute men April 
19, 1775, and "Inlifted and Went to the Island Near Boston 
in y« year 1776." (See Mass. S. and S. in Rev.) There is a 
bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. He was an innholder 
in 1782; treasurer of the West Precinct September 24, 1784- 
March 24, 1788, fence viewer 1785, tythingman 1786, 1804, 
'15, elected selectman in 1787, and declined, highway surveyor 
1787, assessor 1790, '97, district school committee 1792, '94, 
'98. In 1790 "Lieu*" Ephraim Bullard was on the committee 
to reckon with the town treasurer. This was an annual 
committee, usually consisting of three, and appears in the 
town records as early as 1727. In 1859 ^^ selectmen and 
town clerk were an auditing committee, and April 2, i860, 
the town chose three auditors, thus changing finally the old 
name. Ephraim was collector for the West Precinct 1783, 
on its committee 1784, '85, '89, '92, '96, '97, moderator at its 
meeting in 1797; called Lieut, in 1789, Capt. in 1796. 

Lieut. Bullard was on the committee to provide teachers 
for the West Meeting house district in 1794, and August 4, 
1794, he was on a committee in reference to "an allowance 
being made to those men that are Drafted as minute men." 


32 The Old Graviyard 

On September 14, 1795, he was on a committee **to see what 
they can purchase each Schoolhouse in the Town for," and 
December 17, 1795, "to Build new Schoolhouse where they 
are needed." On May 9, 1796, he was on two committees, 
in which all the districts were represented; the first was 
"for building & repairing School Houses," and the other "to 
afsertain what each Proprietors right is in the School Houses." 
On March 11, 1799, he was on a committee "to make Alter- 
ations in highway Districts." He was hogreave in 1804. 
He and his wife were dismissed from the First Church to 
the West Church in 1798. He m. secondly, Dec. i, 1803, 
Mrs. Abigail Richards of Dedham. (Dedham T. Rec.) 

46 (Urn.) 

In memory of | Mifs Mercy Peabody, | Daught, of the Rate 
Rcv^ Oliver Peabody of Nd***=^^ \ who died Nov: 2o^*» 

1804: I ^tatis 72. 

Serve Cod and devote your/elf to hhn^ 
And then may you with me 
" Petwe/ut Jleep out the Sabbath of the totnbt 
And awake to raptures^ in a life to comeV 

Rev. Oliver Peabody m. May 9, 1723, Hannah Baxter. He 
and four of his children are buried at South Natick (grave- 


In memory | of | PETER LYON | who died | November i8th., 

1863, I Aged 87 years. 

" /;/ a full rt^v, like as a shock 
of corn cotneth in in his season : " 

He was b. in Milton, Nov. 11, 1776, son of Jacob and 
Jerusha (Tucker) Lyon. (See 550.) 

He was surveyor of highways 181 1, '13, Lower Falls dis- 
trict school committee 181 1, '13-16, '20, '21, '23, '26, North 
district school committee (first instance in the town records 

IVest Needham 33 

of the Lower Falls district being the "North " district) 1824, 
prudential school committee, North district, 1828-30, '34, as- 
sessor 1816, selectman 18 17, '20-23, '25, '26, '30. 

He was one of the committee chosen October 27, 18 16, to 
consider the division of the town. Ten, apparently the en- 
tire number, including at least five from East Needham, 
reported May i, 1817, in favor of division. From 1811-16 
he was one of the West Precinct committee. He was a 
justice of the peace, and commonly called "Squire." For 
many years he was a paper manufacturer at "Needham 
Lower Falls," being in company with his brother Amos. 
In 1819 he attended a Baptist church in Newton. 

Peter Lyon of Newton and Charlotte Seaverns of Weston 
were m. Mar. 16, 1806. She was b. Sept. 9, 1785, dau. of 
Joseph and Elizabeth (Stratton) Seaverns. The births of 
three children of Mr. Lyon and his first wife are recorded in 
Needham, and those of nine children by his second wife. 

Peter's dau. Harriet E. m. Benjamin F. Parker (int. Apr. 
22, 1836, of Benjamin W, Parker of Natick, and Harriette E. 
Lyon. T. Rec), and their dau. Eva m. Col. Robert Green 
Ingersoll. It is said that Mr. and Mrs. Parker went to 
Peoria, 111., starting soon after their wedding, which took 
place in the old house opposite the North school-house. 

48 (Urn.) 

Louisa | Dau^ of M"" Peter 6- if/''* Louis<^ \ Lyon | died 

Aug' 12, 1802 : I &\. 13 months 

We scarce enjoy the balmy gifi^ 
But mottrn the pleamre gone. 

She was b. July 13, 1801. 

49 (Uni.) 

In memory of | Mrs.LOUIZA LYON, | 7vifeof\ Mr. PETER 
LYON, I who died Nov. 10, 1804. | ^Etatis 25. 

Conld grateful love recall the fleeting breath 
Or fond affection sooth relentless death 
Then had this stone neer claini'd a social tear 
Nor read to thoughtless man a lesson here. 

34 The Old Graveyard 

"Louice" b. in Weston, March 21, 1780, dau. of Thaddeus 
and Lydia (Train) Spring, who were m. Oct. 7, 1761 (pub. 
May 30), and had a large family born in Weston. (Weston 
T. Rec.) Peter Lion of Newton and Louisa Spring of Wes- 
ton were m. Apr. 18, 1797 (pub. Mar. 25, 1797). (Weston 
T. Rec.) 

60 In Memory of | Mrs. Louis Baker | wife of\ Mr. Timothy 

Baker, \ who died | Feb.y 1 1^* 1812, | iEt. 77 

Stop here my friend and drop a tear 
Over the dust that slumbers here 
And when you read this date of me 
Think on the i^lass that runs for thee. 

Timothy Baker of Dedham and Mrs. Lois Brown of New- 
ton were m. June 21, 1780, by Leonard Williams, J. P., in 
Waltham. Dr. Bond in his History of Watertown regards 
Lois as sister of 51. Her name is spelled Louis on the 

61 (Willow and urn.) 

ERECTED I In Memory of | Mr. Samuel Brown | who died | 

April 20, 1817, I ^t. 81. 

Behold and see as you pass by^ 
As you are now so once was /, 
As I am now so you must be^ 
Prepare for death and folloiv me, 

William and Mary (Pain) Brown had a son Samuel b. May 
i8» 1747, and I cannot explain the discrepancy as to his 
age. Both the town record of his death and the gravestone 
give it as 8i. "May 24 (1747) Samuel Son of William 
Brown" was bapt. (Ch. Rec.) William Brown and Mary 
Pain were m. Apr. 2, 1746. (T. and Ch. Recs.) Pain in 
former, Pain^ in latter. "Mar. 23** (M^) Mary Wife of 
William Brown admitted to full Communion." (Ch. Rec.) 

Samuel Brown was a corporal in the Needham company of 
minute men April 19, 1775, and there is an iron S. A. R. 
marker on his grave, placed there by a descendant. For his 

IVvst Needham 35 

military service see Mass. S. and S. in Rev., Vol. II, and 
Year-book S. A. R., 1897, p. 197. He was one of the four 
wardens elected in 1774. The wardens looked after the poor, 
and were chosen annually from 1762 to 1789. In 1778 three 
wardens and three overseers of the poor were chosen. In 
1764 there were four wardens; on March 11*, 1750/1, three 
overseers of the poor were elected, but there had been none 
for twenty years. The selectmen are now the overseers of 
the poor. 

Samuel Brown was a tythingman 1782, highway surveyor 
1784, '91, '92, '95, selectman 1785-88, hogreave 1790, '91, 
field driver 1791, 1804. 

Samuel Brown was set off to the West Parish. (Laws and 
Resolves 1793 chapter 41.) In 1791 he had been chosen by 
the West Precinct to collect what was due for 1790. In 18 12 
and 1 8 14 he was a Methodist, attending the church in "The 

62 (Vy^illow and urn.) 

Krected I In Memory of \ Mrs. Lois Brown, | Wife of Mr. 
Samuel Brown^ \ who died June 22, 1831 : | JEt 100. 

Survivinj^ mortals^ tnark it well ! 
As noite the time of death can tell ; 
Nor his attack^ nor power defeat^ 
Be ever ready death to meet. 

She was b. Nov. 9, 1733, dau. of Simon and Abia (Sander- 
son) Coolidge, who were m. Jan. 9, 1725. Lois m. in Water- 
town, Oct. 14, 1765, Samuel Brown. (Bond's Watertown.) 
She and her husband " owned the covenant " in Water- 
town, July 27, 1766. In 1 8 19 she was a Methodist and 
attended the church in "The Hundreds.'* 

53 JACOB BROWN | died | Mar. 19, 1839, I ^t. 75, yrs. 

He was bapt. in Watertown, Oct. 17, 1766, son of 51 and 
52 (Bond) ; hogreave 1796, field driver 1820, '22, '25-27, '30. 
He was a Methodist and attended the church in " The Hun- 

36 The Old Graveyard 

64 HANNAH, | wife of Jacob Brown, \ died Apr. 27, 1828, | 

JGX, 62 yrs. 

66 BETSEY BROWN | DIED | June 2, 1855, | .^t. 84 yrs. 

She was b. in Watertown, dau. of 51 and 52. (Bond.) Her 
parents had a dau. Elizabeth bapt. July 22, 1770. Betsey 
left a legacy of ;p6,ocx), or which later amounted to that sum, 
to the West Church for enlarging and enclosing the burying 
ground. This fund was used in recent years for the removal 
of remains to Woodlawn Cemetery, and to pay for lots there. 
A small amount of the fund is (1899) unexpended. 

66 Mrs. Nabby | Wife of | Ethel Jennings | Died Dec. 6, 1848, | 

Aged 57 years. 

She was a christian wife and mother 
and a faithful friend. 
The memory of the just is blessed. 
Sweet is the scene when christians die. 
When holy souls retire to rest. 
Mow mildly l)eams the closing eye I 
How gently heaves the expiring breast. 

This Stone disappeared about October i, 1898, and I had 
not then a record of the lettering. 

She was b. in Newton. Deacon Joseph and Joanna (Spring) 
Fuller had a dau. Nabby, b. Sept. 14, 1791. (Jackson's New- 
ton.) Ethel Jennings d. in Needham, Jan. 6, 1864. 


Probably a foot-stone. It lay about one rod west of 58. 
On May 20, 1899, ' could not find it, and do not know the 
style of the letters. 

68 Walter Stedman | Son of Jofeph 6- Mary \ Stedtnan^ died 

JanT I II 1792 ; aged 2 years | & 3 months. 

A pleafant plants a blooming 

Cut down and withered in 

an honr. 

IVesi Needltam 37 

This is a small stone, and is in the north corner of the 

Walter was b. Oct. i, 1789, son of Joseph and Mary (Curtis) 
Stedman. See p. 67. 

69 (Rose.) 

JOHN TURNER | DIED | Oct. 17, 1854, | iEt. 66 yrs., 3 mos. | 

& 17 ds. 

Far from affliction^ toily and care^ 
The happy soul is fled ; 
The breathless clay shall slumber here, 
Amonj^ the silent dead. 

Ntno he resides where Jesus is. 
Above this dusky sphere: 
His soul tvas ripened for that bliss f 
While yet he sojourned here. 

He was b. in England, son of Joseph and Sarah Turner. 
The town record of his death gives his age as 66 yrs., 3 mos., 
27 dys. John and Margaret Turner had seven children b. in 
Needhani 1833-43. Their son Henry d. Mar. 9, 1843, aged 
16 years. (T. Rec.) There was a John Turner who was 
surveyor of highways for the North Centre district, 1863, '66. 

60 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | Mr. | JOSEPH KINGSBURY, | who died | Oct. 

14, 1830. I iEt. S3. 

He was b. Jan. 29, 1777, son of Joseph and Mary (Eaton) 
Kingsbury, who had seven children whose births are re- 
corded in Needham. 

61 NANCY I Daughter of | Joseph & Nancy | KINGSBURY, | 

Died Dec. 8, 1843, I -^^« ^5 y^s. 

Lovelier in Heaven* s srveet climate, yet the same. 

During the first week of August, 1899, ^^^s stone was re- 
placed by a handsome new one inscribed NANCY KINGS- 
BURY. I JAN. 12. 1829. I DEC. 8. 1843. 

Nancy was b. Jan. 12, 1829, dau. of 60 and Nancy (Bacon) 
Kingsbury, who were m. Apr. 22, 181 3. 

Tlt0 Old Crnveyarii 

(Willow.) (Willow.) 

Jn memory of thru childrm of 
Mr. Joteph *■ Mrt. Ntmcf Kingthery, 


Oct. 18, 1823. 

JEX. 4 yr. 8 mo. 



Oct. 8, iSaj, 

^t. 6 W 

Slitf OH mm iaie^taie 


Cod toot (At away whru it 


an mfant bom ^ 
died June g, 1814. 

Charlotte was b. Feb. \^, 1819. Nancy was b. Aug. 23, 
1823. Charlotte, sister of 62 and 63, was one of the school 
committee 1874-76. 

On January T, 1830^ five children of Joseph and Nancy 
KiDgsbury were bapt., viz : Willard, Joseph, Charles, Char- 
lotte aod Nancy. (West Ch. Rec.) 

Between August ist and 3d, 1899, three new stones were 
placed in the Kingsbury lot : one is in memory of Nancy 
(Baeoa), wife of 60, and the others bear the names respec- 
tively of her son Willard and dau. Nancy (61). For the first 
two inscriptions see the end of this book. 

No. 60 was a great-grandson of Josiah Kingsbury, one of 
the early settlers of the town. 

Apparently there were three or more distinct races of 
Kingsburys in Needham in the last century. 

Some account of the more prominent men of this name, 
whose epitaphs are not included in this volume, may be of 

Josiah, son of Eleazer of Dedham, was a petitioner for the 
incorporation of the town 1710, surveyor of highways 1712, 
town treasurer 1714, '19-22. '28-30, '36-38, selectman and 
assessor 1716, '17, '20-23, '25, '26, '28, selectman only '38, 
representative to the General Court 1728, '29, '31. (Need. 
Ephs., p. 3.) I have not attempted to name the numerous 

West Needhatn 39 

minor town offices held by the early Kingsburys subsequent 
to 1720. 

On September 7, 1730, Josiah, as town treasurer, had paid 
£,6 for wild cats killed. On May 14, 1829, the town voted to 
pay a bounty of ten cents a head for crows. Josiah lived 
where the Wellesley poor-house is, and this farm remained in 
the possession of his descendants for more than one hundred 

Capt. Calebs son of Josiah preceding, was selectman 1752, 
'54. '59» '62, '70, '73, assessor 1752, '54, '59, '62, '65, '70, town 
treasurer 1766-68, treasurer of the West Precinct January 
9, 1775-September 24, 1784. 

On August 31, 1774, he was chosen "To attend a County 
Convention at the Houfe of M'- Woodward Inholder in Ded- 
ham on Tuefday the Sixth Day of September Next at Ten 
O'clock before Noon, To Deliberate and Determine Upon 
all matters as the Diftrefsed Circumftances of this Province 
May Rcqiure." 

He was captain of the Needham minute men April 19, 
1775, and there is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. 

On March 19, 1779, he was on the committee to decide 
upon the compensation of soldiers (see Capt. Robert Smith, 
p. 15), and March 17, 1780, he was on the committee to "Sup- 
ply the Continental Soldiers* Families." He was moderator 
of meetings of the West Precinct 1780-83. (Need. Ephs., 
p. 16.) 

Col. Jonathan^ son of Capt. Caleb preceding, was in the 
Needham militia April 19, 1775, and went to West Cam- 
bridge. He was an officer later in the war, and there is a 
bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. In 1898 the town 
placed twenty-nine such markers on the graves of its soldiers 
of the Revolution, buried in the old graveyard on Nehoiden 
Street. See Year-book S. A. R., 1897, p. 329, for his ser- 

Jonathan was a second lieutenant in the ist Suffolk Regi- 
ment of militia in 1782, and was lieutenant-colonel command- 

40 The Old Graveyard 

ing the ist Regiment of militia, 2d Brigade, ist Division, 


He was assessor 1776, '781 '79i '82, *86, '90-95, '99-1802, 
selectman 1782, '90, '93-96, '98-1803, and was elected in 
1797, but declined, representative to the General Court 1793, 
'98, '99, *i8oi, '03, town treasurer 1793-1806, justice of the 
peace from June 13, 1800, and in 1806 was the only one in 
town. He was one of the assessors of the West Precinct 
in 1778, on its committee 1789-91, '93, and on the standing 
committee of the First Parish 1801, *02, '04. On May 15, 
1794, he was a delegate to a convention of the towns in 
Norfolk County, which met at Henry Vose's in Milton. 

"He was a very accurate surveyor of land." (Need. Ephs., 
p. 21.) 

In a private record kept by his grandfather. Rev. Jonathan 
Townsend, is the following: "Aug: 4. 1751. My Daughter 
Esther Kingsbery was safely delivered of a Son, providen- 
tially at my house, its name Jonathan." From this it appears 
that Col. Kingsbury was born in the house now the home of 
the writer. 

His son Leonard was collector for the First Parish 181 1, 
compensation .03%. In 1800 Col. Jonathan's estate was 
annexed to the East Parish, but after his death his sons 
Leonard and Cyrus were involved in litigation with the West 
Parish, which claimed that the act of the General Court had 
reference only to the life-time of Col. Jonathan. See Ded. 
Hist. Reg., Vol. IV, p. 28. 

Col. Kingsbury's note-book of accounts for sawing lumber 
1 786-1803, has recently come into my possession. His saw- 
mill was located on Rosemary Brook north of where it passes 
under what is now Wellesley Avenue. 

He had some memoranda in this book relating to military 
matters, and I copy the following which are of the period of 
Shay's Rebellion. 

"Memorandum Book. Jan. 16*.** 1787 The West Com- 
pany in Needham Met at y« West Meeting House for the 

West Needluiin 41 

Purpofe of Detaching 14 Men to Rendousvous at Roxbury 
y« ig*** Instant. Jan. 18*** Both Companys Met at y« East 
Meeting House Also a Town Meeting to Raife Men. The 
Town voted not to Raise Men by y® Present Orders. Jan. 
22^ 1787 The West Company met at y« L' Eph™ Bullards the 
Following persons were Detached to be in Service 30 Days 
from y" 23^ Instant Viz* Seth Gould Thorn. Discomb Ju^ Sol- 
omon Brackett Benoni Muzzy Nathan Mills Will*" Kings- 
bury David Trull Ju' Abijah Stevens Amos Morse Daniel 
Hawes David Bacon Eliab Moore Nathan Dewing Abel 
Stevens Feb 6* 1787 ReC* ordirs to Detach 9 Men the for 
6 wee^ west Company was warn'd to Meet at L* Bullards 
y« 8*** int one o. Clock the orders were Countermanded y" 
Same Day at 10 o. Clock. May 25. 1787 The west Com- 
pany Met at y" west Meeting house for the Purpose of view- 
ing arms, also the whole division met y" same day at each 
companys usual place of Parade for the same purpose June 
12. 1787 The West Company met at y* West Meeting House 
for the purpose of Compleating the Review Oct 15*** & 29*** 
ye West Company met at y* West Meeting house. June 5* 
& 19'** 1788 the west Company at y* West Meeting house 
J26 in Frocks 

" Oct 12 & 13 1790 Gel Ponds Brigade Paraded at Walpole 
Novy"9 1790 at a Court martial held at Henry Voses in 
milton for y* Trial of Capt Nath' Wales for refusing to arrest 
Ens Ayers for Disobediance of Order & for said Ayers Re- 
fusing to Turn out on y* 23 of August when Order therefor 
by his Cap* " 

Then follow the names of the court martial, which num- 
bered thirteen officers including Capt. Kingsbury of Need- 
ham. Jacob Gill was president, and John Lovel judge 
advocate of the court. 

" Sep* 27 & 28 Gen Ponds Brigade Paraded at walpole on 
Sep' y« 27 & 28." 

Jesse ^ son of Jesse, and cousin of Col. Jonathan, was a pri- 
vate in the Needham minute men April 19, 1775. 

42 The Old Graveyard 

Joseph^ son of Jesse, and brother of Jesse preceding, 
was in the West Company April 19, 1775 ; probably the 
Joseph who was on the West Precinct Committee 1794^ 


Eliphalet,Jr.f son of Eliphalet, and cousin of Col. Jonathan, 
was in the West Company April 19, 1775. 

William^ probably brother of Eliphalet, Jr., preceding, was 
in the West Company April 19, 1775. 

William Alden^ son of Josiah, and nephew of Eliphalet, Jr., 
and William preceding, was assessor 1829, assistant assessor 
1834, '35, selectman 1834. He was a prominent member of 
the First Parish. (Need. Ephs., p. 63.) 

Isaac Martin^ son of William Alden, was assessor 1881-84, 
'86, '87, and was chairman 1884, 'Z6, 'Sy, 

George Otis, son of William Alden, was on the standing 
committee of the First Parish 1879, *8o. 

George Lyman^ son of Lyman Edward, and nephew of 
George Otis, was a registrar of voters 1887-96, on the stand- 
ing committee of the First Parish 1887 to April, 1891, '97, 
chosen to act as deacon of the First Church May 26, 1894. 
He has rendered valuable service in the First Parish choir, 
of which his father, a tenor singer, was for thirty years the 
leader. The latter also played the violin. On April 7, 1895, 
the day when the 175th anniversary of the organization of the 
Church was commemorated, John Fisher Mills read a paper 
relative to the music in the First Church since the last 
century, and this was printed in the Needham Chronicle. 
Kingsbury Street was named for Lyman Edzvard, whose 
original name was Edward Lyman. 

Deacon Eleazer, son of Eleazer of Dedham, and brother of 
Josiah, was one of the petitioners for the incorporation of 
the town 1710; one of the "Seruaiers of highways'* in 1714, 
tythingman 17 19, constable 1720, selectman and assessor 
1716, '17, '21, '27, '29-31, '33, '36, '39, '41, '46-48, with the 
exception of 1733 and '41 when he was selectman only, town 
treasurer 171 5, assessor 1737/38, deacon of the First Church 

IVest Needliam 4J 

February 4, 1729/30 to January 9, 1746/7. (Need. Ephs., 
p. 10.) 

Capt. Eleazer, son of Deacon Eleazer, was assessor 1750, 
'53» '56, '57, '60, '62, '66-68, selectman 1753, '56-58, '60, '62^ 
'64, '65, '67, '68, '70, '73, town treasurer 1756-63, represen- 
tative to the General Court 1768, '69-71, '74, '79, moderator 
of nine or more meetings of the West Precinct 1775-80, and 
on the precinct committee 1778-81. 

On August 31, 1774, he was chosen a delegate, together 
with Capt. Caleb Kingsbury, to the county convention. 

On January 19, 1775, he and Lieut. John Bacon, Lieut. 
John Ness, Capt. Aaron Smith and Samuel Daggett were 
the committee chosen by the West Precinct to arrange the 
boundary with the East Parish. The records of the precinct^ 
which was merely an ecclesiastical one, begin June 23, 1774^ 
four years before the General Court authorized the division 
of the town into two parishes, and are in fine condition ta 
the final dissolution of the precinct in 1870. The first vol- 
ume contains an old document dated February 13, 1766. 

Lieut. John Ness was moderator of the third meeting held 
in the West Precinct, April 10, 1775. He lived a short dis- 
tance west of the residence of Hon. Joseph E. Fiske. Of 
the prominent members of this precinct, to 1815 inclusive,, 
who are not elsewhere mentioned in this work, were : — 

William Bigelow, on the precinct committee 1798-1804. 

Dr. Isaac Morrill, on the precinct committee 1799, "mod- 
erator of a meeting in 1798 and again in 1801. 

Eliakim Morrill, moderator in 1798, '99. 

Capt. John Atkins, on the precinct committee 1803, '04. 

Isaac Bigelow, on the precinct committee 18 14 — . 

For items as to Deacon William Bigelow and others see 
the History of the Wellesley Congregational Church, by the 
Rev. Edward Herrick Chandler. 

Eleazer was also a delegate to the first Provincial Con- 
gress, which met at Concord, October, 1774, and to the 
second which met at Cambridge, February, 1775. 

44 ^^'^' Old Graveyard 

On April 19, 1775, he was second lieutenant of the Need- 
ham minute men, and was wounded. There is a bronze 
S. A. R. marker on his grave. 

In 1778 he was on the committee "to hier the men that 
are now to be raifed. Difcrecinary, and at the bed Method 
they can." These men were to reinforce General Washing- 
ton, and for the Army on Hudson River, and March 17, 
1780, Eleazer was on the committee to "Supply the Conti- 
nental Soldiers' Families." (Need. Ephs., p. 14.) 

Enochs son of Capt. Eleazer, was a corporal in the West 
Company April 19, 1775, and later, when a lieutenant, received 
from the town ;;^3, 6^., id. for going to York in 1776. On 
January 29, 1781, he was on the committee "to Procure the 
men that are Now Called for." 

Joseph^ Jr^ son of Capt. Eleazer, was in the West Company 
April 19, 177s, and there is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his 
grave. (Need. Ephs., p. 22.) He was assessor 1780, '96, 
1 80 1, on the West Precinct committee 1786, '87, '89. 

Eleazer^ son of Joseph, Jr., preceding, was assessor 1822, 


Jonathan^ son of Jonathan, earlier ancestry not known to the 
writer, was in the West Company April 19, 1775, and there is 
a bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. (Need. Ephs., p. 27.) 
It is possible that he was in the East Company, and that the 
Jonathan in the West Company was the son of Capt. Caleb. 
Jonathan was a collector for the First Parish 1792. 

Deacon Timothy^ son of Nathaniel of Dedham, was a peti- 
tioner for the incorporation of the town in 17 10, selectman 
1711-18, '20, '21, '23, '24, '32, '33, '36, '39, '47, assessor 
1712-18, '20, '21, '23, '24, '32, '36, '39, '42, '47, town clerk 
1711-18, '20, '21, '23, '24, town treasurer 1725, surveyor of 
" Hemp & flax," the first chosen in Needham, 1735 ; elected 
a deacon of the First Church May 17, 1720, and served to 
January 9, 1746/7. (Need. Ephs., p. 7.) 

Cornet Timothy^ son of Deacon Timothy, was assessor in 
1742, the only case in our records of a father and son serving 

West Needham 45 

together on that board and constituting a majority. (Need. 
Ephs., p. 13.) 

Ensign Timothy^ son of Cornet Timothy, was on a com- 
mittee to " Provide for the Families of thofe men that are in 
the Continental army,** in 1779 and 1780; one of the col- 
lectors for the First Parish 1784. 

Moses^ son of Cornet Timothy, was on a committee to care 
for the soldiers* families in 1779, ^ collector for the First 
Parish 1791. He owned at the time of his decease about 95 
acres of land in Needham. 

Daniel^ son of Moses preceding, was town clerk 1799, on 
the standing committee of the First Parish 1827. 

Lieutenant Lemuel^ brother of preceding, was on the stand- 
ing committee of the First Parish in 183 1. 

Jeremiah^ brother of preceding, was on the standing com- 
mittee of the First Parish 1823, '32, '40, elected parish treas- 
urer March 26, 1832, and declined. (Need. Ephs., p. 53.) 

Asa^ 2dy brother of preceding, was collector for the First 
Parish 1817, compensation 4i%. (Need. Ephs., p. 63.) 

Nathaniel^ son of Hezekiah, and grandson of Deacon Tim- 
othy, was a private in the Needham minute men April 19, 

James^ parentage not known to the writer, was surveyor of 

highways 17 14, '18, fence viewer 17 17, selectman in 1732, 

'41, '43, assessor 1732, '43. Probably the James who was a 

petitioner for the incorporation of the town in 17 10. 

John, parentage not known to the writer, was selectman in 

Deacon Thomas, b. in Gilsum, N. H., son of James, was tax 
collector 1827, assessor 1828, '30, '34-36 (resigned in 1836), '37, 
'38, '4!, '43-46, assistant assessor to take the general valuation 
1831, '50, selectman 1829, '30, '32, '33, '35, representative to 
the General Court 1834-36, '48, '49, collector for the First 
Parish 1827, '43-47 (.03|% compensation in 1827), on its 
standing committee 1838, '42-44, '54-59, sexton March 9, 
i84a-March 22, 185 1, deacon of the First Church July, 

46 The Old Graveyard 

1849-May 14, 1859, justice of the peace April 19, 1839 — . 
(Need. Ephs., p. 48.) 

For an account of the Deacons of the First Church in 
Needham see an article in the Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. Ill, 
P- 73> by the writer of this. 

Deacon Lauren^ brother of Deacon Thomas preceding, 
was deacon of the Second Baptist Church in Newton (Upper 
Falls) February 8, 183 5-1 868. Selectman in Needham 1837, 
'38, '56, *57, tax collector 1834, assessor 1847-52 (resigned in 
1852), 1853-56, '60, '64, representative of the town in the 
General Court 1855, of the district 1858, auditor 1865, '66. 

He d. Deo. 23, 1894, aged 89 yrs., 3 mos., and was buried 
in his family lot in the old graveyard on Nehoiden Street. 
(Need. Ephs., p. 56.) This street is named for an Indian 
who with others once owned a large territory including what 
is Aow Needham. He is said to have been the sole owner of 
this locality. In an Indian deed, dated 1665, of what is now 
Braintree, Old Hahatun and William Nahanton are men- 
tioned in the body of the instrument, but in the signatures 
the names are Old Nahatun and William Hahatun, the latter 
possibly an autograph. Drake's Book of the Indians, pp. 108 
and 109, states in a note that William Hahatun was also 
called Nahaton or Ahaton. The records of the Proprietors 
of Dedham call him William Nahuton, and it is said that in 
the Dedham town records, 1680, he is called Nehoiden. 
(Worthington's History of Dedham, p. 21.) In a deed of 
Boston and vicinity, 1695, William Hahaton and Ahawton, 
senior, are named in the body of the instrument, and the sig- 
natures are Ahawton, Senr., and Willm Hahaton, the latter 
name perhaps written by the Indian himself as there is 
nothing to indicate a mark. On March 19, 1684/5, "Wm 
Ahawton Jr. in behalf of himself and his father Ahawton, 
Indians," acknowledged the deed. See Suffolk Registry, 
and Snow's History of Boston, p. 389. There is a Nahatan 
Street in Westwood, Nahanton Street in Newton and in 
Needham there is a tract of land called Hahaton Field. 

IVesf Needltam 47 

Albert Dexter (M. D.), recently returned to town after an 
absence of five years, was for a quarter of a century a phy- 
sician here, served three years as chairman of the board 
of health, and was on the standing committee of the Evan- 
gelical Congregational Society, and a deacon of the church. 
For sketch and portrait see "One of a Thousand " 1890. 

Henry Augustus is a veteran fireman, who has been for 
some years the efficient chief engineer of our fire department. 

The foregoing list is not exhaustive as to the Kingsburys 
who have lived in Needham, and have been more or less 
prominent there, and those named have held many minor 
town offices of which I have made no mention. 

64 ("Willow and urn.) 

This Stone | is raised to support | the Memory of | Mr Timothy 
Hunting, | who died \ Oct. 1793 : | in the 41'^ year of his age. 

Honesty f Industry^ and \ Benevolence were thine. 

He was b. Jan. 13, 1753, son of Samuel and Elizabeth 
Hunting, who had six children whose births are recorded in 

Timothy was in the West Company April 19, 1775, and 
was a corporal when he "Done a turn" early in the war, 
was in the army at York in December, 1776, and there is 
an S. A. R. marker on his grave. In 1778 he was a collec- 
tor for the West Precinct, and on December 27, 1780 he was 
one of the committee of three "to hire the men that are Now 
Called for." He was a tythingman 1780, fence viewer 1782, 
'84, '90, field driver 1783, '88, '91, highway surveyor 1785, 
deerreave 1789-93. The Hunting Genealogy states that he 
was killed by an accident in his mill. 

The name of Hunting has been identified with the town 
from the earliest times. Stephen was a petitioner for incor- 
poration in 1710, and was its first sealer of leather and chosen 
March 14, 1719/20. Jonathan was a selectman and assessor 
1734, '35. Daniel was on the standing committee of the 

48 The Old Graveyard 

First Parish 1800, selectman 1813-15. He d. Feb. 20 or 21, 
1834. (Dr. Josiah Noyes' diary.) Daniel, Jr, was collector 
for the West Precinct 1791. Moses, Daniel, Jr., Jonathan, 
William and Israel were in the West Company April 19, 
1775. Stephen was then a minute man, and Jonathan and 
Israel enlisted for service in Canada in February, 1777, and 
received a bounty of £,j each. For Israel's service see Year 
book S. A. R., 1897, p. 315. Hunting Road is named for a 
family of Huntings who once lived in what is now Hahaton 

64a (Willow and urn.) 

This Stone | is raised to support | the Memory of | Mrs. Lucv 
Hunting, | Wife of Mr. Timothy Hunting ; \ who died Nov. 

1800 : I in the 46, year of her age 

Her body rests beneath this sody 
Her soul is with her maker God. 

Timothy Hunting and Lucy Savage were m. Sept. 26, 1774. 
(T. and Ch. Recs.) 

66-73 TIMOTHY HUNTING, | Died Dec. 22, 187 1. | Aged 

74 Years. 

MARY B. HUNTING, | Died May 5, 1862. | Aged 65 Years. | 

Mary Aged 15 | Jane 2 | Marshall 2 | Willard 2 | Sanford 

P. I I Jonas B. i | Henry P. 15 

Children of | Timothy & M. B. Hunting. 

The names of the children are arranged in a column follow- 
ing Mary. The word " Aged " is not repeated. 

Timothy was b. May 4, 1798, son of Israel and Rhoda 
(Dewing) Hunting, who were m. June 24, 1779. (T. and Ch. 
Recs.) Israel, who was collector for the West Precinct in 
1785, d. June I, 1834, aged ^6 years, and Rhoda d. July 15, 
1834, aged 72. (Dr. Josiah Noyes* diary and West. Ch. Rec.) 
Timothy m. Nov. 25, 18 19 (int. Oct. 25), Mary Barnard, and 
the births of ten of their children, not including Willard, are 
recorded in Needham. 

West Needham ^q 

Timothy was a hogreave in 1820, field driver 1830. Mary 
was b. Aug. 4, 1820, Jane was b. Mar. 24, 1825, d. Oct. 13, 
1827, Marshall was b. Apr. 23, 1830, Henry was b. May 2, 
1836, Sanford Palmer was b. Mar. 28, 1832, and Jonas Bar- 
nard was b. Jan. 28, 1829. 

74 (Willow and urn.) 

Erected | In Memory of | Mrs. Mary Eustis, | Wife of\ Mr. 
Thomas Eustis ;» \ who died \ Aug. 9, 1812 : | iEt. 46. 

75 (Willow and urn.) 

Erected | In Memory of | Mr. Thomas Eustis, | who died\ April 

25, 1809: I MX,. 45. 

He was b. Oct. 12, 1763, son of Thomas and Katherine 
(Wheat) Eustis of Newton (letter of William Tracy Eustis). 
Thomas was chosen deacon of the Congregational Church at 
West Newton, February 17, 1800 ; he was then Thomas, Jr., 
and resigned April 27, 1806. He m. Mary Dana. 

76 (Willow.) 

JOSEPH WINSHIP I DIED | Apr. 30, 1852. | ^/. S^frs. 

He was 82 yrs., 4 mos., 7 dys. (T. Rec), and was b. in 
West Cambridge, Dec. 17, 1770, son of James and Lydia 
(Phillips) Winship. (Paige's Cambridge.) 

In 1845 Daniel was a field driver and fence viewer. 

Joseph at one time lived in an old house on Charles River 
Street, which house was purchased, with 65 acres of land, in 
1804 of Nathan Whiting by Jarat Tucker. In 1808 Mr. 
Tucker deeded the place, with land in Milton and elsewhere, 
to his son Enos Houghton, whose son the Honorable Enos 
Houghton was born in this house. In 18 19 Enos H. sold the 
farm, increased to 80 acres, to Capt. Reuben Ware, who lived 
on it for many years. Jarat Tucker bought 7 acres of land , 
to the east of his farm, of Jethro and Dinah Cato in 1806. 

The cellar is still visible, but the house was burned some 
years since. Within the past fifteen or twenty years no less 

50 The Old Graveyard 

than five old abandoned houses on this street have been 

A short distance west of the Tucker house was the Tim- 
othy Broad and William Pierce house, and to the east was 
the Samuel Fisher house, better known as the " Liddy '* 
Fisher house, one of the oldest houses in town. The Gay- 
Reynolds house, the home in the time of the Revolution of 
Lieutenant Jonathan Gay, stood at the foot of the hill, west 
of Grove Street, but only the outbuildings remain. In 183 1 
Jarat Tucker occupied this house. 

At the corner of Central Avenue and Charles River Street 
was the Newell-Fisher house, once the home of Capt. Eben- 
ezer Fisher, and the birthplace of several persons who became 
prominent. This house will be mentioned later in this book. 
Besides the houses that were burned, the old Nathan Jenni- 
son house, in a field northwest of the Tucker house, has been 
torn down. In 1817 Mr. Jenni.son bought this house, with 
II acres of land, of Noah French of Boston, who got the 
place of Jesse Tolman in 1816. It was probably earlier a 
homestead of the Mclntires who owned land to the south. 
The Chamberlain house formerly on Grove Street, opposite 
the northern driveway of Arthur Wallace Pope, has been 
removed to the south of Charles River Street, and a large 
part of it utilized for a farm house and for a shop. In this 
old house lived Ethel Jennings, and in earlier times the Dew- 
ings and others. There may have been a house on the same 
site prior to the one removed. The Jacob Pierce house stood 
on the south side of the road, southwest of the Gay-Reynolds 
house. Apparently the road now Charles River Street for- 
merly ended at the Gay place. Jacob Pierce was an ancestor 
of the Pierces now living on Charles River Street. 

77 SUSAN, I wife of \ Joseph Winship, \ DIED | Feb. 3, 1867, | 

^t. 87 y'rs. 

She was 86 yrs., 10 mos., and was b. in Brookline, dau. of 
Thaddeus and Lydia (Woodward) Jackson. (T. Rec.) 

IVest Needham 51 

78-79 (WiUow.) (Willow.) 

In memory of two Children 

of Mr. Henry and Mrs, 

Sally Travis. 



May 9, 182 1, 

iEt. 2 vears. 



Jan. 30, 1833, 

iEt 5 years. 

Ste Isrtul gentle Shepherd standi 
With all ingaging eharmes ; 
Hark how he calls the tender lambs 
And fold them in his arms, 

Sally's name is not in the town records. Martha Ann was 
b. Sept. 19, 1827. 

Henry Travis of Weston m. Sally Stevens Jan. 24, 181 1 
(int. Dec. 29, 18 10), dau. of 28 and 29, perhaps the Sally b. 
in Needham, Oct. 30, 1792. 

80 MARY I Wife of | Jonas Loker, | DIED | Oct. 17, 1859, | 

aged 82 yrs. 

She was 82 yrs., i dy., and was b. in Needham, dau. of 44 
and 45. (T. Rec.) See 469. 

81 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | ALBERT W. HURD | Son of George and | S. M. 
Hurd. I Who died | March 22 1842. | Aged 2 years. 

He rests in heaven. 

82-84 In memory of | JONATHAN HURD, | died Jan'y 10, 

1844, I JEi. 72 yrs. 

In memory of | SARAH E. | daughter of Geo. & S. M. | HURD, | 

died Aug. 10, 1845, ^^* ^' y^* 

In memory of | ALBERT, | son of Geo. & S. M. Hurd, | died Mar. 

22, 1842, I Mi, 2 yrs. 

Nos. 81 and 84 appear to be identical. Albert Worthing, 
son of George and Sarah H urd. (T. Rec.) 

52 The Old Graveyard 

85 (Willow and urn.) • 

Sacred | To the Memory of\ Mr. George Pratt | tvho died \ Nov. 

13, 1837, I iEt. 79. 

86 In I memory of | Mifs Sarah Miller, | Daught of Mr James 
6* I Mrs Lydia Miller; who | died July y« ^^ 1796 ; | aged 

33 years. 

She was b. in Charlestown, Jan. 25, 1763, dau. of James and 
Lydia (Coolidge) Miller, who were ni. Feb. 23, 1762. 

In 1798 James Miller was dismissed from the First Church 
in Cambridge to that in West Needham. 

87 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | Mrs-Mary | wife of | David Beck, | died Sept. 6, 

1848, I ^t, 57. 

When lingering pain her bosatn tore^ 
Resigned she kissed the chastening rod. 
Each mortal pang with meekness bore^ 
And stniled in death to meet her God. 

Her son Adam Beck says that she was b. in Ireland, dau. 

of Thomas and (Shaw) Johnson, and that her husband 

David Beck was buried next to her. David was b. in Ireland, 
of Scotch ancestry, and came to America in 1830. 

88-89 (Urn, willow, urn.) 

ROBERT BECK, | died Mar. i, 1838, \ ISx. 11 ys. | Also . . . | 
MARY BECK, | died Nov. 23, 1841, | iEt. 17 ys. 

Around this spot, few kindred footsteps tread 
Yet here shall friendship's warmest tears be shed 
And though the tongue has bid its last farewell 
Yet on their names shall faithful memory dwell. 

They were b. in Ireland, children of 87. 

Two driveways run from east to west, dividing the grave- 
yard into three sections, and the foregoing inscriptions are 
all in the northern section, most of them near the church. 
These driveways do not continue through to the western 

West Ncedham 53 

boundary of the yard. It is said that there are many graves 
beneath these driveways, and that some stones were moved 
when they were made. 

90-97 (North face of a monument.) 

SOLOMON F. SMITH. | DIED DEC. 17, 1881, | iE. 80 YRS. 2 MOS. 


20. 1847, I iE. 43 YRS. 


SEPT. 2. 1881, I yE. 76 YRS. 5 MOS. 

(East face.) 


1839, I ^- 35 YRS. 

(South face.) 

SMITH. I DIED MAR. 13, 1884, | iC. 48 YRS. 10 MOS. 

(West face.) 

Capt. GEORGE SMITH, | DIED | JULY 9, 1853, | iE. 83 YRS. 


OCT. 31, 1801, I lEs, 27 YRS. 


27. 1813. I iE. 34 YRS. 

Solomon Fuller Smith was b. Oct. 13, 1801, son of 95 and 
96, bapt. with his sister, Mary Colburn, Dec. 13, 1801. (West 
Ch. Rec.) 

He was a hogreave 1827, '34, and in 1835 was chosen high- 
way surveyor and declined. His son George was bapt. July 
I9» 1835. (West Ch. Rec.) 

Louisa Ware was b. Apr. 17, 1804, d^u. of 112 and 113, 
bapt. with her twin sister, Lucinda, Sept. 16, 1804. (West 
Ch. Rec.) Louisa m. Solomon F. Smith Mar. 20, 1834 (int. 
Feb. 22). 

Caroline Brown m. Solomon F. Smith Mar. 27, 1851 (int. 
Mar. 26). 

54 The Old Graveyard 

Lucinda Ware, twin with Louisa, 91, m. Charles Mayo of 
Chatham Aug. 21, 1834 (int. June 29). Charles Mayo was a 
surveyor of wood 1837, '38, and one of the three members of 
the superintending school committee 1839. 

In 1774 three surveyors of timber were chosen, and March 
II, 1805, surveyors of wood appear in the records. In 18 13 
the latter officials were seven in number, and from 1821-29 
inclusive they were known as measurers of wood. In 1898 
there were ten measurers of wood and bark chosen at the 
annual town meeting, and also three surveyors of lumber. 

Capt. George Smith was b. July 10, 1770, bapt. Aug. 26, 
son of 10 1 and 102. 

He was a hogreave 1800, '09, *ii, '12, West district school 
committee 1804, '09, '11, '14, '17, '20, '22, '24, prudential 
school committee 183 1, constable 1805, 06, tythingman 1806, 
'07, '12, '31, '32, fence viewer 1811, '18, '19, '28, field driver 
1 8 14, '15 (then eight in number), *20, surveyor of wood 18 15, 
surveyor of highways 1816, '18 (in 1818 there were six of 
these surveyors), '27, '33, on the committee to reckon with 
the town treasurer 1809. He was one of the West Precinct 
committee 1805-08, '34, '35. Capt. Smith acquired his mili- 
tary title as early as 1807, and was a justice of the peace; 
selectman, 1817, '20, '22, '23, '26, assessor 1830 (succeeding, 
April 5, his brother " Squire " Aaron who declined), repre- 
sentative to the General Court 1843, *44- 

On October 27, 18 16, he was chosen one of a committee 
to consider the division of the town, and ten, apparently the 
entire committee, reported in favor of the division May i, 
18 1 7. At least five members from East Needham signed the 

On April 7, 1828, he was on a committee " to procure a 
farm for a Poor-house " ; and that year the town bought the 
" Widow Emily Kingsbury farm " for the purpose. This 
estate is now, 1899, the Wellesley town farm. 

Capt. Smith lived at his father's homestead. For inscrip- 
tion on gravestone see 100. 

PVest Ntcdham 55 

Rebecca Fuller was b. Feb. 9, 1775, dau. of Solomon and 
Mary (Colburn) Fuller, m. George Smith June 19, 1799. 
(T. and Ch. Recs.) See 98. 

Anna Fuller m. Capt. George Smith (int. Nov. 24, i8io)« 
See 99. 

98 In I Memory of | M'*'* Rebecca Smith | Wife of M^ George 

Smith; \ Who died Octt 30, 1801 : | iEtatis 26. 

Beneath this stone I rejl my head 
In Jlumbers fweet Chrijl blejl the bed 
Weep not for me my pains are o'er 
We foon fliall meet to part no more. 

99 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | Mrs. Anna Smith, | wife of \ CapT George Smith, | 

who died | JanT 27, 18 13. | iEt. 34. 

Sorrow and sickness lonj^ I^ve borne y 
Physicians ware in vain; 
Till God was pleas' d to send a atre^ 
And I'tisi' VI t' of my pain, 

100 (Willow and urn.) 

CAPT. I GEORGE SMITH | died July 9, 1853, | iEt. %i. 

Nos. 98, 99 and 100 are identical with 96, 97 and 95. 
The Smith lot and graves are near the entrance to the 
northern driveway from Church Street. 

101 (Cherub's head and wings.) 

In I memory of | Cap'. Aaron Smith | who died Dect 4, 1795 ; | 

iEtatis 66. 

He was b. Mar. 28, 1730, son of Jonathan and Martha 
Smith. Called Aaron Smith " Jun' " in the church records 
written by the Rev. Jonathan Townsend. 

Mr. Smith was a hogreave 1755, '57, "Dearreave" 1756, 
surveyor of highways 1761, and probably the Aaron Smith, 
Jr., who was a fence viewer 1767, '70. '72. '73 0^ the latter 
year the Jr. was omitted, but had it been the aged Lieutenant 
Aaron the town clerk would probably have given his title. 

S6 The Old Graveyard 

Confusion is possible) ; on the committee to reckon with the 
town treasurer 1771, ^73, '74, '87, one of three surveyors of 
timber 17741 constable for the west part of the town In 1775, 
warden 1784. 

He commanded the militia company from the west part of 
Needham, April 19, 1775, served later in the war, and there 
is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. The books of the 
town record payments to him at different times for military 
service. In one instance ^ 1 2-6-8 was paid to him. (T. 
Rec, Vol. Ill, p. 155.) 

On July 15, 1776, he was one of a committee of five "to 
Confult what Method to Raife the money to Incouriage the 
Men that are to be Raifed to Go to Canady " Capt. Robert 
Smith was also on this committee (see p. 15, where the year 
is omitted). On February 17, 1777, Capt. Aaron was on the 
committee " To See what has been paid, and who has Done 
a turn or part of a turn, Perfonally." This committee con- 
sisted of five, soon increased to seven. On May 6, 1778, he 
was one of a committee of five ** to hier the men that are now 
to be raifed. Difcrecinary, and at the beft Method they can." 
On March 19, 1779, he was one of the five men chosen to fix 
the compensation of soldiers. (See Capt. Robert Smith, p. 
15.) On August 2, 1779, Aaron was one of a committee 
of seven " to State the articles of marchandize and Cuntry 
Produce &c." 

On May 18, 1780, he was on a committee of three to reckon 
with the committee "Chosen to Hire Men into the Publick 
Service of the war,*' also on the committee "to Confider the 
Conftitution of Government." 

On January 29, 1781, he was one of nine appointed to as- 
certain the amount of the town's indebtedness, and in 1790 
he was added to the committee to reckon with the town 
treasurer. On May 11, 1785, he was one of five chosen "To 
Give our Representative Some Inftructions" and May 13, 
1793, he was on a committee to make "Some alteration in 
the School Diftrict[s]." 

West Needham $7 

Capt. Smith was assessor 1758, '87, selectman 1789. He 
was elected selectman 1781, '83, but declined. In 1782, '90, 
*92 he was moderator of meetings of the West Precinct, and 
on its standing committee 1782-84, '86-88. 

For an account of him by the writer of this, see the Ded. 
Hist. Reg., Vol. VII, p. 136, and Vol. IX, p. 10. 

The births of eight of his children are rec. in Needham, 
and their baptisms are in the church records. The latter also 
contain the baptisms of three other children, probably his, 
but I cannot distinguish with absolute certainty between the 
different Aarons. The three children referred to were those 
of Aaron, Jun'r, viz: Eimice^ Aug. 30, 1772, Patty ^ Nov. 6, 
1774, Debbe, Dec. 12, 1784. 

102 (Cherab*s head and wings.) 

In memory of | M^ Beulah Smith, | wifo of Capt. Aaron Smith ; \ 

who died April 11 — 1796. | ^Etatis 62. 

She was b. Oct. 24, 1734, dau. of Benoni and Elizabeth 
(Mirick) Woodward, who were m. Nov., 1716. 

Beulah m. Aaron Smith, Jr., Dec. 4, 1755. (T. and Ch. 
Recs.) "Sept: 26: 1756 Beulah Smith (Wife of Aaron 
Smith Jun' ) was admitted into the Chh." (Ch. Rec.) 

Benoni Woodward was town treasurer 1726, elected March, 
1731/2, and declined; a member of the first separate board 
of assessors, elected March, 1732/3, and also of the board in 
1737, '38, '40. In March, 1740/1, he was again chosen asses- 
sor, but declined. He was selectman 1737, '40. 

103 (Willow and um.) 

In memory of\ Aaron | Smith Esq. | who died | April 26, 1833. I 

Mx, 76. 

In death^s cold arms, the mortal body lies. 
Sainted! to Heaven, the immortal spirit flies. 
Applauding angels welcotne, to their sphere, 
A Father, tender, and a Husband dear. 

He was b. "At Night" Oct. 4, 1756 (Ch. Rec), Oct. 5 
(T. Rec), bapt. Nov. 7, son of 10 1 and 102. 

58 The Old Graveyard 

He was in his father's militia company April 19, 1775, and 
was a soldier at the siege of Boston and served for eight 
months. There is an S. A. R. marker on his grave. 

He was constable 1798, West district school committee 
1799, 1 801, '07, '08, *i8, hogreave 1805, surveyor of bread 
1803-07, '09-13, fence viewer 1809, selectman 1790-99, 1801- 
04, '08-12, '17, '18 (resigned in May, 1818), '20, '22, '28, '29, 
assessor 1800, '02, '04-17, '20, '25, '26, '31, elected assessor 
in 1824 and 1830, but declined, was town treasurer 1822-24, 
inspecting school committee 1826, '27, delegate to the Con- 
stitutional Convention in 1820, representative 1827, justice 
of the peace and moderator of many town meetings. On 
May 7, 1821, he and Elisha Lyon were chosen additional or 
assistant assessors "to afsist in taking the general Valua- 

Mr. Smith, or his father, was treasurer of the West Pre- 
cinct March 24, 1788-March 24, 1791, and he (the son) was 
its treasurer from March 24, 1800-March 29, 1804, also clerk 
of the precinct March 27, 1820, until his decease, and on the 
precinct committee 1801, '02, '16-33. 

He served on so many committees of the town that I can 
mention but a few of them. 

On May 14, 18 10, he was one of three "to Consider the 
land belonging to the town where the Old school-house 
Stands in the west school diftrict," and also on the commit- 
tee to reckon with the town treasurer. On May i, 1815, he 
was appointed on a committee to attend to " moving one of 
the school-houses in the Brick School District or to build a 
new school-house so as to accomodate said district," and the 
same year was on the committee (chosen March 6) " to make 
alterations In the several school Districts." 

On May 23, 1825, he was one of the committee of ten to 
consider the division of the town. 

"Squire" Smith kept a grocery store and sold snuff, New 
England and West India rum, and the other supplies which 
composed the stock of a local store of the period. 

West Needham 59 

Several estates were settled by him, and he was a very 
prominent citizen. I have heard him called " Uncle Aaron " 
by aged people. His estate inventoried about ;^ii,cxx), a 
good sum for those days, and William Flagg was the admin- 

"Feby 15* 1785 Aaron Smith y*3^was married to Lydia 
Pratt both of Needham." (Ch. Rec.) 

I do not find a record in Needham of the births of his 
children, and Horace Mann of Natick stated (letter of Feb- 
ruary 2, 1883, to C. C. Greenwood) that the births of Mr. 
Smith's daus. Eunice, Martha, Priscilla and Susanna were 
recorded in Natick. 

Priscilla m. Samuel Mcintosh of Needham, and Sukey 
Gurney m. Royal Mcintosh, a brother of Samuel, and from 
1837 to 1840 Mr. and Mrs. Royal Mcintosh lived in the house 
now the home of the writer. Lydia Pratt, dau. of Squire 
Smith, m. Capt. Reuben Ware. Squire Smith's funeral was 
on Sunday the 28th. For some account of him see Ded. Hist. 
Reg., Vol. VII and Vol. IX. 

Although the house in which he lived for many years was 
in Natick prior to 1797, it is hardly likely that he was the 
Aaron who was prominent in Natick as early as 1778, and 
was at one time selectman there. Squire Aaron was a very 
young man in 1778 and lived on the Needham side of the 
brook in 1785. If he, and not "Hawk" Aaron, was select- 
man 1790-97, he lived in Needham those years. 

104 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | SUSANNAH SMITH, | widow of | Aaron Smith 
Esq, I who died | Feb. 23, 1842, | aged 77. 

Yet again we hope to meet thee^ 
When the day of life is fUd^ 
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee^ 
Where no farewell tea"- is shed. 

She was the second wife of Aaron Smith, Esq., and was b. 
in Newton, Apr. 2, 1765, dau. of Peter and Ruth (Fuller) 

6o The Old Graveyard 

Durell. The intention of marriage of Aaron Smith with 
Susanna Durell of Newton is recorded in Needham^ Nov. 25^ 

105 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | Mr. William Smith | died | Aug. 24, 1826 ;| 

^t. 21 

Son of righUousfiess ! arise ! 
Send thy light around the sky, 

106 In memory of | Mr. Albert Smith | who died | Feh. 12,. 

1842, I aged 31. 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is 
the death of his saints, Pl« Ii6. 

He was a hogreave in 1833, constable (West) 1836, on the 
committee of the West Precinct 1838-41, which was called 
the Parish Committee from 1834, and was reduced from five 
to three in number in 1842. It had usually been five 1786- 
1841, but originally consisted of three. He m. Apr. 31 {sic)^ 
1834 O^^t. Mar. 7), Emily Kingsbury. (T. Rec.) See 327 
and 328 on monument in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

107 Miss. I EUNICE SMITH, | DIED | May 3, 1861, | Mi, 75. 

** For so He giveth his beloved sleep. ^^ 

She was b. in Needham, dau. of 103 and his first wife. Age 
at decease 75 yrs. i mo. 3 dys. (T. Rec.) See 329. Her 
birth is said to be recorded in Natick. Between the grave- 
stones of 105 and 107 is a small white stone inscribed A. S., 
which may have been the footstone of 106. 

108 (Scroll.) 

M!« Elifabeth Smith, | Wife of J/r Jonathan \ Smith Junr died | 
March y« i^ 1781 ; in | y« 2^^^ Year of | her age 

Death is a debt to nature 

As I have paid it so must 


Jonathan Smith, Jr., m. Sept. 2, 1773, Elizabeth Drury. 

West Needham 6i 

109 Elizabeth F. Smith | died Sep< i, 1812 | aged 10 months &: 

15 d I daug^ of\ Cap*, George 6* | Mrs Anna Smith. 

She glanced into our world to see^ 
A sample of our misery 
Then turned her little head aside^ 
And ji*nve a sigh or two and died. 

Elizabeth Fuller Smith was bapt. July 5, 1812. "The only 
surviving child of three at one birth." (West Ch. Rec.) 

1 10 (Globe.) 

To the I Memory of | M^ Josiah Ware, | who died July 3! 

1798 ; I iEtatis 91. 

Imitate his Virtues and follow him to 


He was b. in Wrentham, Mar. 21, 1707, son of Nathaniel 
and Mary (" Wheelak ") Ware. (Ware Gen.) 

He was a fence viewer in 1748, "Dearreave" 1749, '52-59, 
'61, '63-80, '83-85, '87, '88, and in 1777, '78 and '80 was the 
only one in town ; tythingman 1762, '(>T^ selectman 1773. 
Either he or a man of the same name was a minute man 
April 19, 1775. 

On December 15, 1777, Thomas Fuller, John Bird and 
Josiah Ware were chosen a committee "to Provide for the 
Families of thofe Men that have Inlifted into the Continental 
army for three Years or During the wars." 

Both Fuller and Bird were soldiers in the war of the Revo- 

Ill (Willow and urn.) 

In I Memory of | Mrs Sibbel, | 4'* wife of\ Mr Josiah Ware^ \ 

who died | June 8, 1816, \ Mt. 86. 

She was b. May 27, 1730, dau. of David and Mary Robin- 
son. Josiah Ware and Sibel Robinson were m. Apr. 19, 

62 The Old Graveyard 

112 (Willow and urn.) 

SACRED I to the memory of | Daniel Ware Esq. | who died | 

Oct. 20, 18 19, I -^t. 65. 

Behold and see as you pass bye^ 
As you are now so once was /, 
As I am U070 so yon must be ; 
Prepare for death and follvw me. 

He was b. May 19, 1755, bapt. July 13, son of no and his 
wife Dorothy Dewing, who were m. Apr. 12, 1750. (T. and 
Ch. Recs.) 

Daniel was in Capt. Aaron Smith's company of militia 
April 19, 1775, and was a soldier at York in December, 1776. 
There is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. 

He was a hogreave in 1785, surveyor of highways 1788, '94, 
'96, school committee ("West Meeting house" district) 1794, 
'98, 1800, '01, '06, '07, 'is, '16. field driver 1795, '98, 1802, '04, 
fence viewer and constable 1797, assessor 1798, '99, 1803, 
tythingman 1799, 1803, 'o5» t<>wn clerk 1801, selectman 1805- 
16 (twelve years), representative 1805-07, '10-13, town treas- 
urer November 3, 1806-March, 18 18, town agent 181 5-17, 
moderator of many town meetings during the first twenty 
&9« years of this century, justice of the peace 1809-19. 

The office of town agent has existed in Needham, as occa- 
sion required, from early times, and there have been either 
two or three chosen each year since 1846. For twenty years 
the selectmen have been also the town agents. 

Mr. Ware was treasurer of the West Precinct March 29, 
1797-March 24, 1800, and clerk March 22, 1802, until his 
decease. He was also on its standing committee 1788, '92, 
1803, '04, collector 1789. 

Mr. Ware was called ** Enfn " in the records as early as 
1794 and " Adj'" in 1798. In 1794, '95 he was on the com- 
mittee to provide teachers for the West Meeting house dis- 
trict; March 14, 1796, he was* on the committee "to open 

* It seems unnecessary to repeat the word " chosen " in every instance when 
a committee is mentioned. The date given is invariably that of the town- meet- 
ing at which the committee was selected. 

IVesl Needham 63 

the Bridle way acrofs Chestnut Hill/' and on that "to Dif- 
trict the town a new into School Diftricts." 

On May 9, 1796, he was chosen on the committees, in 
which all the school districts were represented, ** for building 
& repairing School Houses," and "to afsertain what each 
Proprietors right is in the School Houses." In 1803 and 
1819, and perhaps other years, he was on the committee to 
reckon with the town treasurer. On May 11, 1807, he was 
on the committee "to Repair the Bridges over Charles 
River," and April 6j 181 2, was one of three chosen to thank 
the Rev. Stephen Palmer for his century sermon. 

On July 2, 1813, he was on a committee "to joine with the 
District of Dover in building a new Bridge over Charles 
River, near the Slitting mill in the south part of the Town," 
and March 6, 181 5, on a committee "to dispose of the old 
School house in the west part of the town." 

On November 4, 18 16, he was chosen on a committee, one 
from each school district, "to manage Communication Genl 
HospitaV and October 27, 18 16, he was on the committee 
to consider the division of the town. (See p. 33.) Mr. 
Ware's house on the north corner of Russell Place was taken 
down in 1886. 

113 (Willow and urn.) 

Mrs. I ABIGAIL WARE, | wife of | Daniel Ware Esq. | died | 

April 20, 1849, I ^^* ^4* 

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, 

She was b. in Dover, bapt. Feb. 3, 1765, dau. of Ebenezer 
and Elizabeth (BuUard) Newell, m. Daniel Ware Sept. 16, 
1784. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

114 FATHER. | DANIEL WARE, | Died | Dec. 30, 1862, | 

iEt. 77 yr's. 

He was b. Sept. 22, 1785, presented by his mother for bap- 
tism together with his sister Dorothy, May 7, 1797, son of 
112 and 113. 

64 The Old Graveyard 

He was a constable 1811, '12, '18, '19, coroner 1818-32, 
bogreave 18 19, prudential scbool committee 1819, treasurer 
of the West Churcb January 19, 1848-January 26, 1853, on 
the precinct committee 1847-51, and moderator of its meet- 
ings 1848, '50. 

116 MOTHER. I LYDIA J. WARE, | Died | Dec. 22, 1864, | 

iEt. 80 yr's. 

Daniel Ware, Jr., m. Feb. 28, 1819 (int. Jan. i), Mrs. Lydia 
(Jennings) Russell, widow of Joseph Russell. 

116-118 (Willow.) (WUlow.) (Willow.) 

Here lies three children of Mr Daniel &» Mrs Lydia Ware 



Dec. 20, 1823. 

Mu II mo. 



Dec. 23, 1823. 

^t. 3 y 



Dec. 21, 1823 

iEt. 10 y\ 

Dear parents weep not for us 

We now are numbered with the just, 

Daniel Newell Ware was b. Jan. 30, 1823, and Caroline 
was b. Apr. 14, 1820, children of 114 and 115. Daniel N. 
was bapt. July 20, 1823, and Caroline July 23, 1820. (West 
Ch. Rec.) 

119 In Memory of\ Lydia Maria | Ware daug^of\ Cp^ Reuben 
6- I Mrs. Lydia P. Ware \ died SepL2g, 1826 | iE 2 y!. 

Lydia Maria was b. Feb. 6, 1824 (T. Rec), bapt. May 16, 
1824. (West Ch. Rec.) 

Capt. Reuben Ware, brother of 114 and 121, was b. June 
12, 1790, presented by his mother for baptism May 7, 1797, 
d. Jan. 22, 1875, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. 
He was a highway surveyor 1823, '24, '30, selectman 1824-26, 
*43, prudential school committee, South district, 1828, '30, 
*36, assessor 1830, '42, assistant assessor 1831, field driver 
1831, '32, fence viewer 1831, '32. In 1831-33, '37-40, '46 

West Needltam 65 

he was on the committee of the West Precinct, and modera- 
tor of some of its meetings in 1838, '40, '41, '42, '46. 

Lydia Pratt Smith, his wife, was dau. of 103, and was b. 
Mar. 27, 1796, d. May 3, 1887, m. Reuben Ware Nov. 30, 
1820 (int. Oct. 17). Lydia Pratt Smith was bapt. May 9, 
1802, by Rev. Mr. Caryl of Dover. (West Ch. Rec.) 

120 (Willow and urn.) 

Miss I HANNAH P. WARE | died | Feb. 12, 1847, I -^t. 20. 

She was dau. of Luther and Abigail (Usher) Ware. Han- 
nah d. in Boston, aged 19. (T. Rec.) 

121 DEXTER WARE | DIED | OCT. 20, 1851, | AGED 54. 

**I am the resurrec 
tion and the life he 
that believeth in me 
though he were dead, 
yet shall he live." 

He was b. Oct. 27, 1797, son of 112 and 113; presented 
for baptism by his mother Jan. 14, 1798. (Ch. Rec.) He was 
killed by the cars at Grantville. 

He was a surveyor or measurer of wood 1825-34, '36-40, 
on the committee to reckon with the town treasurer 1827, '38, 
inspecting school committee 1828, '29, '37, superintending 
school committee 1840-43, assessor 1829, '35, '42 (elected in 
1843 ^"^ declined), assistant assessor 1830, '31, surveyor of 
highways 1833, selectman 1834, '35, tythingman 1834, '37-40, 
field driver and fence viewer 1839. From May 27, 1833-July 
13, 1846, he was clerk of the West Precinct, and superin- 
tendent of the West Church Sunday school April, 1843- 
April, 1845. In 1842, '43 he was on the West Parish (pre- 
cinct) committee. 

He m. May 25, 1826 (int. Apr. 23), Mary Colburn Smith, 
dau. of 100 and 98. On August 3, 1834, four children of 
Dexter Ware were bapt. (West Ch. Rec, Rev. Joseph 
Washburn Sessions, minister.) 

66 The Old Gra%*eyard 

122 (Willow and urn.) 

IN I memory of | Mrs. Elizabeth | wife of\ Mr. Luther Ware, \ 

who died | Nov. 7, 1822. | JEt. 42. 

Luther Ware of Roxbury and Elizabeth Edes were m. Apr. 
14, 1800, by the Rev. Thomas Noyes. 

Luther was a hogreave in 1801. It will be noticed that a 
man generally received that office at the annual town meet- 
ing following his marriage. 

In 1809 he was one of the Brick district school com- 

In 1 8 19 he attended St. Mary's Church (Episcopal) at 
Newton Lower Falls. 

Some account of members of the Ware family who have 
been prominent in Needham may be of value. 

Ephraim and Ebenezer signed the petition for the incorpo- 
ration of the town in 1710. Ebenezer was constable 1713, 
surveyor of highways 1716, '17, and in 1712 on the com- 
mittee "to treat with the town of Dedham." Ephraim was 
tythingman 1713, fence viewer 171 5, surveyor of highways 

Ephraim, Jr., was a "Haward" in 1719, and (probably 
another man,) selectman and assessor 1752. Samuel, Jr., 
Joseph, Benjamin and Jonathan were in the East Company 
April 19, 1775. 

Asa was a Revolutionary soldier credited to Needham. 
(Year-book S. A. R., 1897, p. 456.) 

Samuel was chosen collector for the First Parish March 
22, 1779, and he and his colleague, Eleazer Fuller, were its 
first collectors. 

Nathaniel vidiS selectman 1786, assessor 1809-11, collector 
for the First Parish 1791 and 1807 (the latter year his com- 
pensation was .03^%), member of its standing committee 
1808-10, and one of the three agents of the town in 1813. 

Lieut. Ephraim was on the standing committee of the 
First Parish 1799, 1800. (Need. Ephs., p. 28.) He was 

West Needham 67 

prominent in the parish and bequeathed property to it. 
From 1806-13 he was one of the West Precinct committee. 
Nathaniel^ Jr.y was collector for the north side of the First 
Parish 1800. 


CHILDREN OF | Ellis & Harriet Stedman. 

CHARLES H. STEDMAN, | Died Aug. 21, 1816, aged 3 yrs. 

HARRIET STEDMAN, | Died Apr. 20, 18 17, aged i year. 

ELOISA C. STEDMAN, | Died July 28, 1831, aged 3 yrs. 

CHARLES H. STEDMAN, | Died Oct. 1834, aged 17 yrs. 

WALTER STEDMAN, | Died Sep. 14, 1835, »ged 24 yrs. 

REBECCA E. STEDMAN, | Died Aug. 31, 1836, aged 14 yrs. 

FRANCIS C. STEDMAN, | Died July 1841, aged 21 yrs. 

The town recs. state that Charles Hall Stedman d. Aug. 
22, 18 16, aged 3 yrs. 

Ellis Stedman m. Harriet Bolls Oct. 7, 18 10 (int. Aug. 12). 
He was b. Oct. 15, 1784, son of 130 and 131. 

He was a hogreave in 1811. 

In 1 81 2 he attended St. Mary's Church at Newton Lower 
Falls. (T. Rec, Vol. IV, p. 185.) 


JOSEPH STEDMAN, | Died Jan. 1828, aged 82 yrs. 
MARY STEDMAN, | Died June 17, 1838, aged 83 yrs. 

HARRIET STEDMAN, | Died Apr. 23, 1812, aged 20 yrs. 
FRANCIS STEDMAN, | Died June i, 1818, aged 20 yrs. 

MARY STEDMAN, | Died July 1830, aged 44 yrs. 
REBECCA STEDMAN, | Died Apr. i, 1861, aged 64 yrs. 

Joseph Stedman of Weston and Mary Curtis of Natick 
were published Feb. 6, 1778. (Intentions of marriage, Wes- 
ton T. Rec.) 

68 The Old Graveyard 

Joseph was a fence viewer in 1814 (there were five that, 

Harriet was b. June 28, 1792, Francis was b. Oct. 24, 1798, 
Mary was b. Dec. 7, 1786, and Rebecca was b. July 5, 1796. 

William Marshall Stedman was one of the standing com- 
mittee of the First Parish 1847-51. 

Frank Eugene, grandson of William Marshall, was select- 
man, overseer of the poor, etc., in 1887. 

136 Dea. ASA KINGSBURY | died August 17, 1850, | aged 75 


Rest weary saint thy tail is o*er ; 
The work of life is done ; 
Thy latest foe can do no moret 
The victory thou hast won, 

A crown immortal clothes thy brow, 
A palm is in thy hand ; 
Thy songs are all of triumph now. 
Sung in that better land. 

He was b. Oct. 22, 1775, son of Col. Jonathan and Sarah 
(Pratt) Kingsbury. 

He was tythingman in 1806, assessor 1822, '23, '27, '28, 
'32-34, '36-41, '43-50, town clerk 1824-50, representative 
to the General Court 1837, '38, '42; chosen deacon of the 
West Church May 17, 1805, and served till November 28, 

Either he or the other Asa was on the Brick district school 
committee 1812, '20, *22, '23, '25, '26, and August 15, 1815, 
was among those who favored building a school house for 
the Brick district near the East Meeting house rather than 
near " neck Bridge." 

He lived on ancestral lands ; was a very competent sur- 
veyor of land, as was his father, and in 183 1 made the map of 
the town, which was engraved and published in 1836. This 
map shows the location of every house in town, and gives the 
name of the occupant. 

West Needham 69 

With William Ellis, Esq., he surveyed in 1830 the land 
owned by the First Parish. 

Kingsbury Street in Wellesley is named for relatives of 

137 IN I memory of\ MR. CALVIN KINGSBURY | who died 

Sept. 24, I 1837. I Aged 36 yr* & 3 monl 

^^ Prepare to meet thy God** 

He was b. June 25, 1801 (T. Rec), son of 136 and 138, 
bapt. May 2, 1802. (West Ch. Rec.) 

138 IN I memory of \ MRS. ESTHER | wife of | DEA^ ASA 
KINGSBURY | who died Jan. 24, | 181 7. | Aged 36 yn& 

S moni 

" Therefore be ye also ready** 

Esther Daniells was b. Nov., 1780, dau. of 39 and 40, m. 
Asa Kingsbury June 25, 1800. Her family name was often 
written " Daniells " in the early records, but " Daniell " is 
the modern spelling. 

139 IN I memory of\ MISS MARY C. | KINGSBURY | who 

died Aug. 30, | 1843, I Aged 36 yrl& 6 mon* 

" / am the resurrection and the 

Mary Cummings was b. Feb. 15, 1807 (T. Rec), dau. of 
136 and 138, bapt. Apr. 5, 1807. (West Ch. Rec.) 

140 (Scroll.) 

IN Memory of | M^ Eben' Huntting | who died \June y« 22^ i777» I 

in y« 22 Year | of his | Age. 

He was b. June i, 1756, son of Ebenezer and Lydia (Wood- 
ward) Hunting, who were m. May 21, 1747. (T. and Ch. 

70 The Old Graveyard 

He was in the West Company April 19^ I775» at the siege 
ol Boston eig^t months, at Ticonderoga in Joly. 1776, and at 
York in December, 1776. In February, 1777, the town paid 
him j^7 for enlisting for service in Canada. There is a 
bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. 

141 (Ufii.) 

In memory iA \ Miss Sally M9 EirriRE, | who died Sep! 9^ | 

1803, I Aged 17. 

Here rest tke demd fr^m ftdn mmd ttrrmm free; 
Sk^s gome U ieta^m, I trusty O God U Tiee ; 
Her Mgkt exatmfles wtay we wtaJke mtr emn^ 
So far in CkriM as ske hmeif wms Jbtomm. 

She was b. Apr. 22, 1786, dan. of John and Susanna 

y^An Mackintire was a petitioner for the incorporation of 
the town in 17 10. 

Samuel Mackintyre was selectman and assessor 175 5-5 7» 
'60, and in the West Company April 19, 1775. 

142 (WUJow and urn.) 

CAPT. I EBENEZER FULLER | died | Jan. 9, 1853, | iEt 73. 

He was b. Feb. 1 1, 1779, son of 269 and 27a 

He was a hogreave in 1805, '22, fence viewer 1815, '20, 

surveyor of highways 18 15, '25-27, '32, '33, district school 

committee 1820, selectman 1827. 

143 (WUlow and urn.) 

SACRED I To the Memory of | Mrs Mehitable Fuller, | Wife 
of\ Capt EbenL Fuller; \ who died Feb. 10, 1820: | JEt. 36. 

IVith patiefice Lord I bore thy hand^ 
Till death hath sett me free; 
Resigned my breath at thy command^ 
Hopeing to dwell with thee. 

Mehitable Fisk was b. July 5, 1784, dau. of 262 and 263, 
m. Ebenezer Fuller July 8, 1804. 

IVest Needhant J\ 

144 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of\ Mrs.Roxanna, | wife of\ Capt, Ebenezer Fuller ^ \ 
who died \ Sept. ly, 1846 ; \ aged 4*/ years. 

I rest in pe<ue ne*r to returut 
Pve left a world of care and pain ; 
Husband and Children cease to mourn, 
Your loss is my eternal gain. 

She was b. Mar. 14, 1799, dau. of Benoni and Lucy (Lewis) 
Muzzey, and sister of Seth Muzzey. (See 193.) 

She m. Capt. Ebenezer Fuller Nov. 27, 182 1 (int. Nov. 5). 

145 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of\ Mr. William Fuller | Died June 30, 183 1 ; | 

Mi. 25. 

In bloom of youth behold I die. 

Dear friends prepare, for d^ath is nigh; 

Friends nor physicians could not save, 

My mortal body from the grave. 

Nor can the grave cotifine me here. 

When Christ shall call me to appear. 

He was b. Dec. 20, 1806, son of 142 and 143. 

146 (Willow.) 

In Memory of \ Francis Fuller | Son of Mr. Ebenr. &* \ Mrs. 
Roxana Fuller; \ who died May j, 18^7 ; \ ^t. 25 months. 

A pleasant plant, a blooming flower. 
Cut down and withered in an hour. 

Francis was b. Mar. 25, 1826. 

147 (Willow.) 

Mehitabel Fuller born | & died June 6, 1805, | daug^. of\ Liut. 

Ebenezer &» \ Mrs. Mehitabel Fuller. 

Mourn not because my feeble breath 
Was stopped as soon as given 
nereis nothing terrible in death 
To those who come to Heaven, 

72 The Old Graveyard 

148 (Willow.) 

Sarah F. Fuller, | died Sep^. 20, 1810 | aged 14 months, | daugkr of \ 
Lieut. Ebenezer &* \ Mrs, Mehitabel Fuller. 

So fades the lovely blooming flower 
Frail smiling solace of an hour 
So soon our transient comforts fly 
And pleasure only blooms to die, 

149 (Willow.) 

Edward | Son of Ebenezer^ \ 6* Roxanna Fuller ; \ Died March 16, 

1837 : I y£t. 10 weeks. 

Weep not my Parents tho your babe is gone 
For Jesus kindly took me to his arms. 

Edward was b. Jan. 3, 1837. 

160 (Rose.) 

LUTHER H. I Son of | Luther & Mary F. Fuller | died | Sept. 

23, 18 19, I Aged 4 mos. rj D'ys. 

I cannot be sure that the year of death is not 1849. 

151 (WUlow and urn.) 

ABIGAIL, I wife of | Hezekiah Fuller, | DIED | Dec. 2, 1856, | 

iEt. 72. 

Oh I where shall rest be founds 
Rest for the weary soul? 
Not on earthy but in heaven. 

She was b. in Northbridge, dau. of Josiah, Jr., and Abigail 
Fuller. The intention of marriage of Dea. Hezekiah Fuller 
of Needham and Abigail Fuller of Dedham is recorded Apr. 
5, 1834. (T. Rec.) (Apr. 6, Ded. T. Rec.) 

162 (Willow and urn.) 

DEA. I HEZEKIAH FULLER, | DIED | Mar. 22, i860, | &x. 80 

/ shall be satisfied when I awake with 
thy likeness. 

He was b. Jan. 2, 1780, son of Solomon and Mary (Col 
burn) Fuller, who were m. June 10, 1773. 

West Needliam 73 

Hezekiah was a hogreave in 1806, '33, '34, one of the six 
tythingmen in 1816, and held that office 1823, '25-29, pru- 
dential school committee 1829. 

He was a hatter, and removed from the East to the West 
Parish in 1805 ; chosen deacon of the West Church Septem- 
ber 25, 18 1 2, and served till November 28, 1849. ^^ ^^ 
sexton of the West Precinct for a long time and moderator 
of its meetings 1845, '47* There is about half a page of the 
record of baptisms of the West Church that is nearly oblit- 
erated by fading of the ink or other cause. One baptism 
on January 11, 1818, and now almost illegible, is that of 
Hezekiah, child of Deacon Hezekiah Fuller. 

153 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | Daniel C. Fuller | Son of \ Hat &* Charlotte 
Fuller^ I who died June 12, 1808 ; | iEt. 19 mo. & 26 days. 

Weep not my Parents tho* your babe is 
For Jesns kindly took me to his arms^ 
Dress' d tne in lucid white an angels form 
Celestial beauty <Sr» immortal charms, 

Daniel Coolidge Fuller was b. Oct. 17, 1806, son of 152 and 
his first wife Charlotte b. Apr. 21, 1781, dau. of Daniel and 
Beulah (Smith) Coolidge of Sherborn. (Bond, and Temple's 

The intention of marriage of Hezekiah Fuller of Needham 
and Charlotte Coolidge of Sherborn was recorded Nov. 30, 
1805. (T. Rec.) For her epitaph see 153a. 

Daniel Coolidge Fuller was bapt. Nov. 23, 1806, by Rev. 
Mr. Sears of Natick. (West Ch. Rec.) 

153a (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of \ Mrs. Charlotte Fuller, | Wife of 
Dea, Hezekiah Fuller ; \ who diedY^h, 25, 1832 : | Mi, 50. 

Happy Spirit! thou art fled ^ 
Where no sin can grieve thee more, 
Friendship oft a tear may shed, 
Ere we meet on yon blest shore. 

Although the Ded. Hist. Reg., Vols. IV and V, contains a 
very good genealogical account of some of the descendants 

74 3^^^ Old Graveyard 

of Ensign Thomas Fuller of Dedham, by Francis H. Fuller, 
I give the following, which will be found to include matter 
not in the genealogy, and also reference to some descendants 
of John Fuller of Newton. 

Thomas and Robert were petitioners for the incorporation 
of the town in 1710. 

Capt. Robert, son of John, was a fence viewer in 17 17, 
selectman and assessor 1726, '28-32, '34, '35, '37, '39, '42 
(selectman only in 1742), '43, '46-49, town clerk 1728-35, '37, 

'41-43, '46-59- 

On March 10, 1711/12, the town voted to ask Mr. Oaks to 
continue to preach "if we can atain the Houfe of Robart 
Fuler to meete in upon y* Lords Dayes for a year." The 
Rev. Mr. Deming, who followed Mr. Oaks and preached in 
Needham 1 712-14, resided for about a year with Capt. 
Fuller in his house which is now owned by the heirs of 
Susan L. Atkins. Mr. Deming was the first minister to 
receive a formal call to Needham, but declined. Five 
were called unsuccessfully from March 16, 1712/13-July 29, 

Ensign Robert was assessor 1741, and Capt. Robert in 
1758, town treasurer 1746-49. (See Need. Ephs., p. 10.) 

I have not attempted to name the minor town offices held 
by the Fullers 1720-40. 

Forest Street might much more appropriately have been 
called Fuller Street, particularly as the present name has no 
special significance. 

Lieut. Robert t son of Capt. Robert, was selectman 1753-62, 
'6t, '68, '70, '72, '74, '76-78, '80, '84, assessor 175 3-5 7» '59-62, 
'64-70, '86, town clerk October, 1760-88. 

Mr. Robert Fuller, or his son, was collector for the First 
Parish in 1784. (Need Ephs., p. 15.) 

Robert, Jr., son of Lieut. Robert, was assessor 1774-85, 
'87-89, '92, '96, '98, selectman 1782, '83, '87, '88, '92, repre- 
sentative to the General Court 1787, on the standing com- 
mittee of the First Parish 1790, '91, '93. 

IVcsi Needham 75 

He was in the East Company April 19, 1775, served later 
in the war, and there is a bronze S. A. R. marker in his 
memory at the Fuller monument. (Need. Ephs., p. 19.) 

On August 2, 1779, "^^ %^ ^^ ^^ Convention at Concord, 
On the firft Wednefday of October Next. 

" Colo!! William M£lntosh 
" Robert Fuller Jun£ " 

On June 6, 1780, he was chosen one of the committee 
that reported as to the "Form of Government." A large 
committee had been appointed in May "to Confider the 
Conftitution of Government," and June 6, 1780, he was 
placed on the committee to hire men ** into y* Publick Ser- 
vice of y* war." 

Moses ^ son of Lieut. Robert, was town clerk May 12, 1788- 

96, town treasurer 1790-92, assessor 1794, '95. "Enf»" 
Moses was collector for the First Parish in 1790. He was in 
the West Company April 19, 1775, and there is a bronze 
S. A. R. marker at the Fuller monument in recognition of his 
service. (Need. Ephs., p. 19.) 

Ensign T/ioinas was town treasurer 1723, '24, selectman 
and assessor 1727, '29, '39, town clerk 1736, '38. 

Thomas was fence viewer 1712, constable 1714, "Sar" 
Thomas was surveyor of highways 1715, '19, perhaps iden- 
tical with Ensign Thomas. 

Lieut. Atnos^ son of Thomas, was selectman 1737, '42, '43, 
'52, '54-58, '60, '61, '64, '65, '69, assessor 1737, '41, '43, '52, 
'54-57, '60, *6i, representative to the General Court, 1756, 
'59-61, '66. (Need. Ephs., p. 11.) 

Atnos^ son of Lieut. Amos, was town treasurer 1769-90, 
selectman 1771, '72, '76, '89, '90, assessor 1771, '72, '80 
(elected June 16), '81, '85, '86, '88-90, '93, collector for the 
First Parish 1787, and on its standing committee 1792, '94- 

97. On April 19, 1775, he was in the East Company and 
served on committees of the town during the war. His name 
is inscribed on the front of the Fuller tomb, where there is a 
bronze S. A. R. marker in his memory. (Need. Ephs., p. 54.) 

76 The Old Graveyard 

On March 9, 1778, he was chosen one of the committee of five 
to see what the town " Shall allow to a man that Shall be 
Drafted or Goes Vollentery into the Publick Service of the 

Amos, Jr., was in the army near Boston. See Sermon 
preached by the Rev. Stephen Palmer, A. M., on the Lord's 
Day after the interment of Amos Fuller and his wife, 18 10. 
Published at Dedham July, 18 10. 

Sergeant Eleazer^ son of Lieut. Amos, was collector for 
the First Parish 1779, treasurer 1781, '89-96, 1804, '05, on its 
standing committee 1789, selectman 1782, '83, '99-1802, as- 
sessor 1782. (Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. II, p. 144.) 

On April 19, 1775, he was sergeant of the East Company, 
and there is a bronze S. A. R. marker in his memory in front 
of the Fuller tomb. (Need. Ephs., p. 54.) For military ser- 
vice see Year-book S. A. R.,1897, p. 268. 

In 1780 he was one of the committee of Correspondence, 
Inspection and Safety, and March 17, 1780, he was chosen on 
the committee to "Supply the Continental Soldiers* Fam- 

On May 29, 1780, he was named one of the committee to 
reckon with the committee "Chosen to Hire Men into the 
Publick Service of the war." 

Lieut. Ebenezer^ son of Lieut. Amos, was selectman 1774, 
'75, one of the committee of Correspondence, Inspection and 
Safety in 1777. 

Solomon^ son of Lieut. Amos, was in the East Company 
April 19, 1775, and there is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his 
grave. (Need. Ephs., p. 21.) He was collector for the First 
Parish 1782. Fuller's brook takes its name from him. The 
Sutton farm, through which the brook runs, was his home. 

Amos, Jr.f son of Amos, and grandson of Lieut. Amos, was 
collector for the First Parish 1785, '86, on its standing com- 
mittee 1800, '05, selectman 1805. (Need. Ephs., p. 54.) 

Dr. Timothy^ brother of preceding, was town clerk May 9, 
1796-98, selectman 1797 (elected May i). (Need. Ephs., p. 54.) 

West Needham 77 

Enochs son of Sergeant Eleazer, and grandson of Lieut. 
Amos, was a constable, and October 21, 1802, was chosen 
sole collector for the First Parish, the first to give bonds and 
to receive compensation, which was " Seven cents pr Pound." 
In 1804 it was voted " to collect in the Dollar in Stead of £** 
He was on the standing committee of the parish 1810, '11, 
*i6, town assessor 1809-11, *i8, coroner 1809-29. 

Jesse^ probably brother of Enoch preceding, was a collector 
for the First Parish 1810, at .04%. 

Thomas was in Capt. Robert Smith's company April 19, 
177s, as a sergeant. On December 15, 1777, he was on the 
committee "to Provide for the Families of thofe Men that 
have Inlifted into the Continental army for three Years or 
During the wars." There is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his 
grave. (Need. Ephs., p. 16.) 

He was selectman 1779, '80, collector for the First Parish 

Jo/iJt was in the West Company April 19, 1775, another 

John was a minute man, and Elijah was in the East Company 

on that day. 

John was assessor 1750. 

Spencer vi^s assistant assessor 1835, assessor 1836, select- 
man 1837, '38. 

Alvin^ 2df was a deacon of the First Church June 3, 1859- 
June I, 1872, treasurer of the First Parish 1863-69. He was 
at one time postmaster at Grantville. (Need. Ephs., p. 60.) 

Hczekiah was selectman 1872. 

Jonas descended from John, an early settler of Newton, 
came to Needham from Newton, and d. here June 20, 1799, 
aged 74. His great grandson, son of Ezra, and grandson of 
Ezra, Timothy Otis^ an accomplished botanist and a gentle- 
man of literary tastes, has served the town as an auditor, and 
another great grandson of Jonas, Francis Llewellyn^ son of 
Samuel Francis, was selectman, overseer of the poor, town 
agent, member of the board of health, etc., 1894-96, three 

78 The Old Graveyard 

164 CHARLES AYERS, | died | March 6, 1854, | Mi. 43. 

He was 43 yrs., 2 mos., 5 dys., and was b. in Roxbury, son of 
Jonathan and Mary Ayers. (T. Rec.) 

155 Charles H. Ayers, | Died | June 5, 1858. | Aged 20 YRS, 

10 MO'S. 

Charles Henry was b. Aug. 20, 1837, ^^^ ^^ ^54 ^"^ Lydia. 

156 Mary Ann Ayers. | Died | Aug. 2, 1865. | Aged 21 Y'RS. 

1 1 MO'S. 

She was b. Aug. 13, 1843, dau. of 154. 

157 ELIZA JOY | DIED | Aug. 6, 1850. | Aged 41 Y'rs. 

158 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | OLIVER EDES, | who died | July 9, 1850, | M. 

66 years. 

He was b. Aug. 13, 1784, son of Jeremiah and Hannah 
Edes. He m. Dec. 24, 1807 (int. Nov. 30), Lucy Lewis, who 
is buried in Needham (Need. Ephs., p. 53), and the births of 
four of their children are recorded in Needham. (T. and Ch. 
Recs.) He was a hogreave 1808. 

150 ABIEL EDES | DIED | Mar. i, i860. | JE. 80 Ys. 2 Ms. 

He was b. Jan. 11, 1780, brother of 158. Abiel was a field 
driver 1827, '28. 

160 MARTHA | wife of \ Abiel Edes \ Died Feb. 28, 1868, | Mx. 

88 yrs. 

She was 88 yrs., 19 dys., and was b. in Sudbury, dau. of Peter 
and Hannah (Whitcomb) Parmenter. 

Peter Edes was assessor in 1742. 

Jeremiah^ Amos and Collins were in the West Company 
April 19, 1775, Samuel was in the East Company, and John 

M^esf Ncedham 79 

was a minute man from Needham. Benjamin served later in 
the war. 

Amos was one of the West Precinct committee 1798-1800. 

161 ERECTED | to the memory of | Margaret Forsyth, | wife 
of\ Hugh Forsyth \ who died | Sept. 15, 1847 • I ^^^ 57 years. 

Death rides on every passing hreexe^ 
And lurks in every flower ; 
Eaeh season has its oion disease, 
Its peril every hour. 

The intention of marriage of Hugh Forsith and Margeret 
McCracken was recorded Apr. 19, 1829. (T. Rec.) 

162 ROBERT FORSYTH | DIED | March 5, 1863, | MX. 35 

y'rs 7 mo. | & 21 d's. 

163 HUGH FORSYTH | DIED | Dec. 8, 1871, | Aged 77. 

164 (Willow.) 

IN MEMORY OF | ELIZABETH, | Daughter of Hugh \ 6- Mar- 
gret Forsyth ; \ died Nov. 1 1, 1836, | Mi. ^ years &* g months. 

A flmver to fair for the garden of earth 
She has gone to the eden of heaven to bloom 
Her associates now are of angelic birth 
But alas she has left us en shrouded in gloom, 

165 (Rose.) 

Our Mother | REBECCA L. | wife of | Joseph Russell. | DIED \ 

Mar. 31, 1858, I Mi. 55 yrs. 7 mos. 

There when the storms of life are past, 
The light beyond shall break at last. 

She was 55 yrs., 7 mos., 3 dys., and was b. in Dedham, dan. 
of Andrew and Mary (Pond) Lewis (T. Rec), who were ni. 
Sept. 22, 1796. (Ded. T. Rec.) 

Their dau. Becca was b. in Dedham, Aug. 28, 1800. (Ded. 
T. Rec.) 

The intention of marriage of Joseph Russell of Boston and 
Rebecca Lewis was recorded in Dedham Mar. 16, 1828. 

8o The Old Graveyard 

166 (Flower.) 

WILLIAM L. \Son of\ Joseph & Rebecca | Russell, died | Feb. 

19, 1833, I iEt. 8 mos. 10 ds. 

And Jesus took little children 
In his arms and blessed them. 

William Lewis was b. June % 1832. 

167 MARTHA | wife of \ Alfred Russell, | DIED | June 3, 1847, 1 

Aged 31 y'rs. 

«* Gone but not lost ** 

This Stone is a few feet north of the Granados lot. 

168 Aqui Reposa. | AUGUSTO GRANADOS, | Fallecio en 
Grantville, el | 24 de Junio de 1870, | a la temprana edad | 

de 23 anos, | querido de cuantos le conocieron : | 

Recuerdo de stis desolados Padres ! 

R. I. P. 

He was aged 22 yrs., 11 mos., and was b. in France, son 
of Frederic and Marie. (T. Rec.) 

169 Mrs NANCY S. | wife of \ dipt Isaiah Howes, \ died June 

II, 1852, I aged 64 y'rs. 

We have borne the bitter partings 
We have said the long farewell : 
She hath gone the loved and cherished^ 
In the spirit land to dwell. 

She was 64 yrs., 2 mos., 21 dys., and was b. in Brewster, 
dau. of Willard and Hannah Sears. (T. Rec.) 

According to the Sears Gen. she was b. in Harwich, May 
20, 1788, bapt. Oct. 24, 1796, and her mother's maiden name 
was also Sears. Nancy m. Capt. Isaiah Howes, Feb. 9, 1812, 
and had a large family. She was killed by the cars at Grant- 
ville Station. 

West^Needluim 8 1 

170 Capt. I ISAIAH HOWES | DIED | Sept. 6, 1873, | aged 

85 yrs. 

Why weep then for him^ who having won 
The bound of man*s appointed years. 
Lifers blessings all enjoyed^ lif^s labors done, 
. Serenely to his final rest has passed. 

He was b. July 10, 1788, d. in consequence of a fall from a 
wagon at Worcester ; he was son of Isaiah and Lydia (Chap- 
man) Howes. (Sears Gen.) 

171 (Willow and urn.) 

SACRED I To the Memory of | Mr. Samuel Greenwood, | who 

died I Sep*. 9, 1822 : | Ml, 60. 

Lol where the silent marble weeps, 
A saint in fesus sweetly sleeps ; 
A heart within this sacred cell. 
Where pure religion once did dwell. 

He was b. Nov. 19, 1763, son of Samuel and Grace (Mills) 
Greenwood, who were m. Apr. 20, 1753. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

The house of Dea. Samuel Greenwood of Sherborn was 
built in 1753. In 1774 Samuel was prominent among the 
*' Antipedobaptists " in Needham, where they first appeared 
about 1770. 

Samuel, the son, was a hogreave in 1786, '87, field driver 
and highway surveyor in 1797, fence viewer 1803, West dis- 
trict school committee 1819, '22. He was a leading Metho- 
dist, and in 1812 attended the church in "The Hundreds." 

172 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of | Mrs.TAMAR Greenwood | Wife of \ 
Mr. SamL Greenwood; \ who died March 3, 1821 : | in the 4^*^ 

year of \ her age. 

Depart my friends dry up your tears 
For we shall meet when Christ appears, 

Samuel Greenwood of Needham and Tamar Harrington of 
Weston were m. Oct. i, 181 2 (Weston T. Rec.) : their inten- 
tion of marriage is recorded Sept. 2. (Need. T. Rec.) 

82 The Old Graveyard 

They had three children whose births are recorded in 

173 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | Mrs Hannah Greenwood | Wife of Mr Samuel 
Greenwood \ who died Deer. 19, 1808. | JSX. 43. 

Behold and see as you pass by 
As yoti are now so once was I 
As I am now so you must be 
Prepare for Death &* folloio me. 

She was b. Mar. i, 1753, ^^u* of Benjamin and Mary (Lam- 
son) Peirce, who were m. in Weston, May 7, 1752, by the 
Rev. Samuel Woodward. (Weston T. Rec.) 

The intention of marriage of Samuel Greenwood of Need- 
ham and Hannah Peirce of Weston was recorded Jan. 15, 
1786. (Weston T. Rec.) They had eleven children whose 
births are recorded in Needham. 

174 (Urn.) 

William | Son of M^, Satn^ &» Af"' Hannah \ Greenwood | Obt. 

Aug^. 3 1800. M. 3 Mon! 

A pleasant plant a blooming 

Cut down and withered in an 

William was b. Apr. 26, 1800. 

175 (Willow.) 

In Memory of\ John W. Greenwood, | Son of\ Mr. Samuel &» 
Mrs. Tamar Greenwood^ \ who died April 10, 1820 : | iEt. 11 months, 

John W. was b. Apr. 28, 1819, son of 171 and 172. 



29 YRS. 


AGED 4 YRS. & 7 MON? 


Charles was b. Sept. 15, 1792, son of 171 and 173. 

IVes^ Needham 83 

Caroline Stevens was dau. of 8 and 9, m. Charles Green- 
wood of Boston, Jan. 30, 1820 (int. Jan. i). She was after 
his death a milliner, and d. in Townsend, Aug. 18, 1855. 

179 MOSES GREENWOOD, | DIED | April 10, 1834. | &X. 

47 ys. 

He was b. Sept. 26, 1787, son of 171 and 173. 

He was a hogreave 18 12, '13, '28, surveyor of highways 
1820-22, '26, '30, West district school committee 1820, fence 
viewer 1822, field driver 1822-24, '26-28. 

The births of five of his children are recorded in Needham. 

180 OLIVE GREENWOOD, | Wife of | Moses Greenwood, j 

Died Dec. 4. 1844, | JSx, 54 yrs. 

She was b. May 29, 1791, dau. of Enoch and Olive Parker, 
m. Moses Greenwood Sept. 29, 181 1 (int. Aug. 30). 

181 William F. Greenwood, | Died July 8, 1856, | Aged 39 

yrs. I II mos. 

"//<f is not dead but sUepeth:' 

He was b. Aug. 13, 18 16, son of 179 and 180. 

182 Laura A. | wife of | WILLIAM F GREENWOOD, | Died 

Feb. 9, 1871, I Aged 51 yrs. 

Gone to dwell with her loved ones in Heaven. 

Laura Ann Dadmun was b. Dec. 24, 18 19, dau. of 223 and 
Lydia Temple his wife, m. William F. Greenwood of Weston, 
May 27, 1 84 1 (int. Apr. 30). 

183 WILLIAM D. | son of\ William F. & Laura | A. Green- 

wood, I DIED I Nov. 5, 1845, I ^^* ^ y^^^ ' "^o. 

A hud to bloom in heaven. 

184 ELLEN V. | daughter of | Wm. F. & L. A. Greenwood | 

died Oct. 22, 1862, | -^t. 20 y's & 3 m's. 

A branch of the Greenwood family lived in East Needham. 
(See Need. Ephs.) 

84 The Old Graveyard 

186 Calvin Broad | Son of M^ Theodore ^ \ M^' Efther Broad, \ 

died Nov*: 28^** 1782 | Aged 7 Months. 

Theodore Broad of Needham and Esther Smith of Natick 
were m. May 29, 1775. 

Theodore was collector for the West Precinct 1778, '80 
(there were two in 1778), and on its committee 1785. 

He was a minute man, and Seth and Timothy were in the 
West and East Companies respectively, April 19, 1775. They 
also did much service later in the war. (Mass. S. and S. in 
Rev., Vol. 11.) Timothy was son of Thomas (Need. Ephs., 
p. 23), and was collector for the First Parish 1789. 

Hezekiah was a petitioner for the incorporation of the town 
in 1710, surveyor of highways 1716. 

Major Hezekiah was a leading citizen of Natick, and was a 
delegate to the convention which ratified the Federal Consti- 
tution, town clerk, selectman, etc., and served in the Revo- 
lution. In 1797 he became a citizen of Needham in conse- 
quence of the change in the boundary. From 1800-08 he 
was one of the West Precinct committee, and moderator of 
seven or more of its meetings 1 799- 1804. 

186 (Urn.) 

ERECTED I In Memory of | Dea^. Samuel Pratt | who died 

June 16, 1807, I -^t. 56. 

Forbear my friends to weep 
Since Death has tost its stin^^ 
Those christians that in Jesus steep 
Our God will with him bring. 

He was b. Aug. 5, 175 1, son of Lemuel and Lydia (Willard) 
Pratt, who were m. Nov. 23, 1750. (There is also a Ch. Rec. 
of this marriage but the leaf is torn.) 

On March 11, 1765, "Enf" Lemuel Pratt Was Chosen to 
See to the Obfervation of the law Relating to y* Catching of 

On March 15, 1771, Cap" Lemuel Pratt was chosen one of 
a committee of three to " take a Plann of the Town," and 
August 31, 1774, he was elected to attend the county con- 

West Need ham 85 

vention. (See Capt. Caleb Kingsbury, p. 39.) Capt. Lemuel 
was moderator of the first meeting to organize the West Pre- 
cinct, January 19, 1775. 

Samuel, see epitaph, was in the West Company April 19, 
1775, and rendered service later in the war. At one time 
;£ 5 was paid to him by the town for such service. (See T. 
Rec, Vol. Ill, p. 155.) There is a bronze S. A. R. marker 
on his grave. 

He was a hogreave in 1775, Lower Falls district school 
committee 1792, '93, '97-99, 1805, and on the committee to 
hire teachers 1795. 

On May 13, 1793, he was on the committee to make "Some 
alteration in the School Diftrict[s]," and May 9, 1796, he 
represented the Lower Falls school district on two commit- 
tees, viz : " for building & repairing School Houses," and 
"to afsertain what each Proprietors right is in the School 

On March 11, 1799, he was on the committee "to make 
Alterations in highway Districts." Selectman 1802. 

187 HEPZIBETH PRATT, | wife of | Samuel Pratt, | died Dec. 

4, 1833, I ^t. 8oyrs, 

God my Redeemer^ Irves^ 

And often from the skies^ 

Lookes down and watches all my dust. 

Till he shall bid it rise. 

She was b, Aug. 28, 1751, dau. of Jeremiah and Hepzibah 
(Peterson) Gay, m. Samuel Pratt Dec. 3, 1775. She was 
then of Newton. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

188 (Willow and urn.) 

LEMUEL PRATT, | died May 22, 1853, | M. 77 yrs. 

Death is a deht to nature duCy 
That J I have paid^ and so must you. 

He was b. Sept. 28, 1776, son of 186 and 187, m. Mar. 14, 
1805 (int. Dec. 23, 1804), Hannah Smith. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

He was a surveyor of highways 1804, '22, '25, '29, hogreave 
in 1805, '06, constable 1807, '08, pound keeper 1812, '13, '18, 

86 The Old Graveyard 

'30, '32| Brick district school committee 1818, '19, '2i» '24. 
In 1 824 this district is for the first time in the records called 
the ''Center" district. Mr. Pratt was a fence viewer 1824, 
'28, field driver 1827, '30. In 1820 he attended the Baptist 
Church in Newton. Cyrm^ brother of i88» d. Mar. 26» 1871, 
aged 81 yrs. He was b. in Needham, Feb. 26, 1790. 

On May 11, 171 3» Josiah Newell and Joseph Haws were 
'' Chosen by the town to make a pound," and December 291 
1 7 13, Newell was granted '*2 pounds ten ^!S|" 2 penc for de- 
fraying the Charg of Sitting up a pound for this Town." 

On May I2| 1714* Haws was chosen the first pound keeper 
in Needham, which office he held in 171 7, '18. 

On September 2, 172 1, it was voted to build a pound and 
stocks, and May 11, 1722, to rebuild the pound on land given 
by Joseph Haws. The pound for many years was on the 
northerly side of Great Plain Avenue, as it is now called, at 
the entrance to the driveway leading to the residence of 
Michael W. Quinlan. The town now owns no pound, and 
the stray animals are cared for on the premises of the pound 

Joseph Haws was a petitioner for the incorporation of the 
town in 1710, surveyor of highways 1713, tythingman 1716, 
constable 1718, selectman and assessor 1719. He d. Mar. 8, 
1756, aged 92. 

Joseph and Joseph^ Jr.^ [Hawes] were in the West Com- 
pany April 19, 1775. 

180 (Willow and urn.) 

LYDI A, I wife of James Spear, | and daughter of \ Samuel &• | 
Hephzibah Pratt ^ \ Born in Needham, | July 27, 1784, | Died 

in Boston, | April 4, 1856. 

Dearest Mather tk<m has left us^ 
Mere thy loss we deeply foel^ 
BtU 'tis Gati that hath bereft us, 
He can all our sorrows heal. 

Lydia m. James Spear of Boston, Apr. 10, 18 15 (int. Mar. 

. o\ 

Wes^ Needliam 87 

190 (Clover leaf.) 

In Memory of | SAMUEL PRATT J« |who died | Nov! 12, i8oi, | 

Aged 24. 

Imitate his Virtues^ &* follow him to 


He was b. in Weston, Jan. 31, 1778, son of 186 and 187. 
The births of several children of 186 and 187 are recorded in 

191 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | CYRUS PRATT. | Who Died \ April no, 1821. \ 

Aged 61 Yrs, 

He was b. Oct. 31, 1760 (Oct. 30, Ch. Rec), brother of 186, 
m. Deborah Smith Feb. 21, 1791. 

He was a hogreave 18 14, field driver 18 18, '19, '22, sealer 
of bread 1825, sealer of leather 1828. The office of sealer of 
leather was abolished March 4, 1867. 

In 1814 he and Ephraim attended St. Mary's Church 
(Episcopal), at Newton Lower Falls. (T. Rec, Vol. IV, p. 
219.) Ephraim was a hogreave in 18 19. 

192 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | DEBORAH PRATT. | Who Died \ March 24, 

1840, I Aged 7^ Y'rs. 

She was wife of 191. 

Jonathan^ Daniel and Heniy Pratt were taxed in Need- 
ham in 1 716. Daniel was a surveyor of highways in 17 18. 
Henry was selectman and assessor 1725, '26, '28-31, '34, 


Lemuel was a selectman 1759-63, '73, assessor 1759-63. 

Probably identical with Capt. Lemuel. (See 186.) 

Issachary " Zebadiah " and Seth were in the West Company 

April 19, 1775, and Benanuel vfdiS credited to Needham as a 

soldier later in the war. (Year-book S. A. R., 1897, p. 389.) 

88 The Old Graveyard 

The Pratts of Weston, Newton and Needham are descend- 
ants of the noted Phinehas Pratt of Plymouth, one of the first 

193 JEMIMA I wife of \ Seth Muzzy, | DIED | Feb. 12, 1856, | 

^t. 53. 

Ah! weep no more: for she is at rest 
Where sickness and sorraio never can cotne^ 
She rests amotig the peaceful and blest^ 
Dear Mother has gone to a happy home. 

This Stone is a short distance north of the south driveway, 
and southeast of the older Greenwood stones. 

Seth Muzzy and Jemima Trull of Natick were m. Apr. 15, 
1834 (ittt. Nov. 15, 1833), 

Seth was b. in Needham, Sept. 6, 1803, d- ^^ Natick, Sept. 
8, 1 87 1, fifth child of Benoni and Lucy (Lewis) Muzzy, who 
had ten children whose births are recorded in Needham. 

Benoni was b. in Shrewsbury, Aug. 14, 1760, d. in Natick, 
Apr. 8, 1846, aged 86. He was bapt. Apr. 26, 1760, accord- 
ing to the History of Shrewsbury. Lucy Lewis was b. in 
Dedham, Jan. 13, 1763, d. in Boylston, Dec. 12, 1863. In 
1796 "Benony" was a field driver, and again in 1822, '24-26. 
In the latter years the record calls him Benoni Mussey. 

104 (Willow and urn.) 

Erected | In Memory of | Mrs Martha | Bryant | wife of\ Mr 
Jonathan Bryant \ who died | March 5, 18 13 | ^Et. 57. 

Only the upper portion of this stone is visible ; the filling 
with earth has covered much of it, and the roots of trees 
have grown around it. 

196 (Urn.) 

ERECTED I In memory of | Mrs Sophia Holden, | Consort of 
Mr Thomas If olden \ of Boston \ who died June 21, 18 12 | 

-^t. 23. 

This stone is largely below the surface of the ground, and 
it was difficult to obtain the inscription. There may be 
verses on it and also on 194. 

Wesi Needham 89 

196 FATHER. | THOMAS ARNOLD | Died | April 27, 1864:! 

aged 72 yrs. 

He was 71 yrs., 5 mos., 15 dys., and was b. in Mercer, Me., 
son of Benjamin and Sarah (Greenleaf) Arnold. (T. Rec.) 

197 ^\y? Mary Arnold, | wife of \ Thomas Arnold^ \ died | Jan. 

22, 1845, I ^S^^ 52 years. 

198 BROTHER. | AMBROSE ARNOLD | Died | Dec. 19, 

1847 • I ^g^^ 32 y^s* 

He was a blacksmith. By his wife Martha B., he had 
Alvin F., b. Sept. 4, 1846. 

199 (South face.) 


IVefp not for me, my pains are o'er 
We soon shall meet to part no more. 

(North face.) 

LEONARD C. WINCH, | Died Jan. 28, 1816, | Aged 2 years & | 

18 days. 

He had an uncle of the same name who was b. Feb. 16, 
1801, d. Sept. II, 1805. (Temple's Framingham.) 

200 (South face.) 


Lo! where the silent marble weepsy 
A saint in Jesus stveetly sleeps^ 
A heart within its sacred cell. 
Where pure reliji^^ion once did dioell. 

(North face.) 

DORCAS WINCH | Died Sept'r 4, 1874, | Aged 85 years, | 6 mo's. 
She was b. Feb. 17, 1789, dau. of 171 and 173. 

90 The Old Graveyard 

201 (South face.) 


" Be ye also ready for in 
such an hour as ye think 
not the Son of Man corneth " 

(North face.) 
ENOCH WINCH, | Died Nov'r 24, 182 1, | Aged ^t, years. 

He was b. Apr, 13, 1789, son of Jesse and Martha (Brown) 
Winch. (Temple's Framinghani.) Enoch was killed at a 
" turkey shoot." 

Enoch Winch of Natick and Dorcas Greenwood were m. 
Sept, 13, 18 12 (int. Aug. 13), and had two children b. in 
Needham. (T. Rec.) Their son Enoch Brown Winch, b. in 
Needham, Nov. 22, 18 16, was on the West Precinct com- 
mittee 1849-52. 

202 In memory of \ M^ CHARLES MILLS. | who died Dec. 30, 

1835. I Mtz^' 

The KING of terrors hurled his dart. 

Swift to its mark it flew ; 

It pierced a generous^ virtuous hearty 

That vice nor folly knew. 

No age from death can fly. 

No friends btU what must part ; 

Death will dissolve the tcnd^'^t tie 

Thats^s found within the heart. 

This stone is about twelve feet east of the McCracken 

Charles Mills d. of the small-pox. I do not know his an- 
cestry. Levi and " Merriam " Mills had a son Charles b. in 
Adams, May 7, 1800. (Need. T. Rec.) 

203 In memory o/\ M^s SARAH /delict of\ Mi< CHARLES 

MILLS, I who died March 6, 1836, \ ^^ ^^. 

Hence he arose ^ ascended high 
And showed ou'*- feet the way^ 
Up to the Lord our souls shall fly 
At the great rising day. 

Charles Mills m. Sarah Chambers June, 1835 (^^^- Apr. 24). 

IVest Needhant 91 

The Mills family is one of the oldest families in Needham. 
On July 2, 1705, the selectmen of Dedham gave Benjamin 
Mills a license to keep a pu^ic house near the Lower Falls. 
He together with Benjamin, Jk, William and Zachariah 
petitioned for the incorporation of the town in 1710. 

The aforesaid Benjamin, son of Samuel of Dedham, was 
selectman 171 1, '19, and on Feb. 8, 1711/12, was elected con- 
stable, the first and only one in town. In early times the 
constable acted as collector of taxes, including the minister's 
salary. Mr. Mills was tythingman 1714, surveyor of highways 
1715 (there were five that year), assessor 1719. A short, 
unaccepted street in Hahaton Field is named Mills Road in 
memory of this family. 

For dismissal of Benjamin Mills and others from the First 
Church in Dedham to the church in Needham, March 6, 
1719/20, see Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. IV. p. 69. 

On December 18, 171 1, the town chose a committee of 
nine to select a site for the meeting house. The name of 
Benjamin Mills is first, and is followed by the* names of 
Richard Moore, Sargeant John Fisher, John Smith, Sen., 
Jeremiah Woodcock, Robert Cook. Ephraim Ware, Andrew 
Dewing and Timothy Kingsbury. On December 25, 171 1, 
the town voted that "infine Spring of Newtown Shold be the 
Mafter workman" and chose, Messrs. Mills, Fisher, Smith, 
Woodcock, Cook and Ware, together with Jonathan Gay, 
Thomas Fuller, John Smith, Jun., Joseph Mills, Eleazer 
Kingsbury and George ("joarg") Robinson a committee to 
superintend its construction. 

Benjamin Mills served on as many as a dozen different 
committees of the town appointed to attend to church mat- 

On June 23, 171 3, Lieut. John Fisher was paid £,2 for 
"Glasing of the meetting Houfe," and September 15, 1713, 
the town voted to have " Ens" John Spring of Newtown for 
the Carpender." He had already, apparently, partly com- 
pleted the meeting house. On August 16, 1714, John Spring 

1734. 'is. '«i'^ '47. 




■■ «7«5- 

nortbcHjr sde «ff GiaC FfaiB Ai 

170S, and is probdiljr the eldest 

betns tlie Sobcrt FoBer hoM^ off Fi 

the bcsrs of Sm» L Atkms. The dbnd 

Necdkni is the old Tarasend hamst mm the koae of the 

writer (Me the DcdL HhC Keg, VoL I. pi 81 ad VoL X. |l 

45) ; the tomitk m age is prohobly aaodicr Poller hoaa^ 

lately the home of Johft Wedcy Gic eawo o d , ad the fii& is 

the Amos Fidler hovse baity it is said, in I7S4» 

by Aagastns Ne«di,ndess the house of iliig;iistas 

fonneriy the lesideaoe of Lieut. CbL Moses Mam . 

On Soodi Street is aa ancient boose owned bj Saunod For- 


IVcsf Needliam 93 

syth. This house was once the home of a Mills family. 
About the year 1772 Ephraim Paine lived here. 

The ancient Newell-Fisher house, at the corner of Central 
Avenue and Charles River Street, was long in a ruinous con- 
dition, having been uninhabited for twenty years, and was 
burned July 3, 1896. The Rev. Daniel Kimball, A. M., gave 
a lecture many years ago on the subject of the old houses 
then standing in the town, and his manuscript was in the 
possession of the late Charles Curtis Greenwood, and is now 
presumably in the custody of the Dedham Historical Society. 
There are several other old houses in Needham, but fewer 
than when Mr. Kimball gave his lecture, which ought to be 
printed. I recall the removal of the ancient chimney from 
the Fuller-Mills house, and the substitution of the modern 

" Nov. 8, 1762 John Mills died in the morning." (Ch. Rec.) 
In the Suffolk Registry of Probate is a very full record of 
the settlement and distribution of John Mills*s estate, which 
was administered on by Judith, his widow, and John Fisher. 
The inventory, August 29, 1763, .amounted to ;£i05o: i : 10, 
a goodly sum for those days, and there were 126 acres of 
land, including a parcel adjoining the Fuller house on the 
present Great Plain Avenue. As Thomas Fuller survived 
his son-in-law John Mills, and as Mills's homestead was at the 
Upper Falls near Charles River, it is probable that his 
second son, Oliver, was the first Mills to occupy the Fuller 
house, now properly known as the Mills House. John Mills 
left ten children, and his eldest son, Richard^ had a double 
portion of the estate. If it is a fact, as the probate record 
indicates, that Mills d. prior to July 2, 1762, it was another 
John who d. Nov. 8, 1762, but it was apparently not his son 

Benjamin was selectman 1771, '84, assessor 1771, and d. 
suddenly Nov. 9, 1793, aged 73. On May 22, 1778, he was 
added to the committee "to take Care of the Continental 
Soldiers Families." 


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»o^ hi< fcaw a^t r i i m iy aJM'^i^ He ^ cftMn 
«ti£ta«r far flkc raX Raak Dnakrii, qa^ari kdl 

IVcsi Ntcdiiam 95 

In 1794 he was a captain, but is called ** Lt " in the records 
of an earlier date. For service on a committee in 1794 see 
Lieut. Oliver Mills. (Need. Ephs., p. 26.) 

Lemuel^ Ji\^ son of preceding, was elected assessor 1828, 
but declined. 

RnfnSy brother of Lemuel, Jr., was the first postmaster in 
Needham and served from 1827 to 1840. He lived in the 
house now the home of the writer, and had the post office 
there. Mr. Mills was one of the inspecting school committee 
1828-31, '33-35, of the superintending school committee 
1839, clerk of the First Parish 1828-39, and its treasurer 
1834-38, town assessor 1829, '32-34, '39, '42, town treasurer 
1830-34, constable 1832-34, coroner 1832-39, justice of the 
peace from February 9, 1 846. 

He also held many minor town offices such as sealer of 
bread 1828-31, prudential school committee 1829, '30, field 
driver 1830. He taught school in Dedham. (See Ded. Hist. 
Reg., Vol. V, p. 64, where his father is erroneously called 
Samuel.) For obituary notice see the Needham Chronicle, 
July 27, 1878. (Need. Ephs., p. 49.) 

iVtlliam Ritchie, son of Rufus, was on the school commit- 
tee 1872-74, selectman 1873, '74. 

Edward Augustus, son of Rufus, was collector for the First 
Parish 1870, '72, and was one of its standing committee 1874- 
jy (four years). 

John, son of Lieut. Fisher, and grandson of Lieut. Oliver, 
was selectman 1841, '42. (Need. Ephs., p. 57.) 

For facts relating to his second wife, Joanna Eames Dana, 
see Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. IX, p. 8. She was rather a remark- 
able woman, and wrote excellent verse. A volume of her 
poems was published. 

Davis Collins, brother of John preceding, was selectman 

1832, '33, '43, '44, assessor 1841. He served on various 

special committees of the First Parish. (Need. Ephs., p. 58.) 

John Fisher, son of Davis Collins, was the collector for the 

r^irst Parish 1893-96, and has been for many years one of its 

g6 The Old Graveyard 

choir. Since 1883 he has been the superintendent ot the 
large cemetery owned by the parish, and town assessor 1894- 
(chairman of the assessors i8g6, '97). 

The Mills family have held a great number of minor town 
offices, and serv^ on many committees of the town and 
parish not mentioned in the foregoing pages. 

204 (Willow.) 

ERECTED I in memory of | CHARLES HENRY | Son of | 

SOLOMON JK &* ELIZA \ FLAGG, \ who died | accidentally 

& suddenly | June 3, 1839, | aged 14 months. 

Kind friettds ^ ParttUs do nai grUve^ 
TTkat I so soon &* suddenly leave 
Your fottd embraces^ &* ascend^ 
To GOD my Father «&* my friend. 

This stone is about two rods east of the McCracken tomb, 
between the gravestones of Charles Mills arid his wife. The 
child's name is on the Flagg monument in Woodlawn Ceme- 
tery, the inscription on which will be included later in this 
book. See 307. 

206 In memory of | CAROLINE, | wife of Nathan C. EsUs, \ 
who died | March 25, 1843, I ^%^^ 33 years. 

Yet again we hope to meet thee^ 
When the day of life is fled. 
Then in heaven with joy to greet theet 
Where no farewell tear is shed, 

Nathan C. Estes of Newton m. Caroline Hall Nov. 25, 
1 841 (int. Nov. 5), and Ann Carhart Jan. 25, 1844 (int. Mar. 
23). He d. in 1891, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

206 In I memory of | Mrs. ELIZABETH | BARRETT | who 

died July 2, 1846, | Mi 69 years. 

She d. Jan. or June 22 according to the transcript of deaths 
at the State House. She was a widow. 205 and 206 are 
near the Smith and Ware gravestones and should have fol- 
lowed 122. 

IVes/ Needham 97 

207 FATHER. \ Capt. W") BROWN, | died Jan. 30, 1853 ; | 

aged y6 years. 

This stone is close to the wall about twenty feet north of 
the receiving tomb. 

He was y6 yrs., 24 dys., a "Mariner," and was b. in Wind- 
ham, Me., son of Amos and Elizabeth Brown. (T. Rec.) 

208 SARAH, | Relict of \ William Brown, | died Sept. 8, 1855, | 

JSx. 70. 

She was 68 yrs., 9 mos., 29 dys., dau. of Ebenezer and Re- 
becca (Gay) Brackett, who were m. Nov. 4, 1779. (T. Rec.) 

Sarah was b. in Weston, Nov. 10, 1786, and is called 
*' Sally " in the record. Her father was of Weston, and his 
intention of marriage was published there Aug. 14, 1779. 
(Weston T. Rec.) 

209 Mrs. RUTH, | Widow of | Mr. JAMES CROCKETT, | of 
Gorham, Me., | died Mar. 19, 1858, | aged 88 yrs, 6- 7 mos. 

This stone is close to that of 207. 

She was 88 yrs., 7 mos , 22 dys., and was b. in Windham, 
Me., sister of 207. 

210-214 (Front.) 

Mccracken. | JAMES McCRACKEN, | died Apr. 5, 1857, I 

-^t. 65. 

JANE, I wife of James McCracken | died Feb. 23, 1855, -^t. 51. 


ROBERT McCRACKEN | died Sept. 15, 1844, | Mt. 13 mos. 

ISABELLA McCRACKEN | died Mar. 29, 1852, | ^t. 18 yrs. 

5 mos. 

ELIZABETH McCRACKEN | died Dec. 30, 1852, | ^t. 15 yrs. 

2 mos. 

James was b. in Ireland, son of Hugh and Mary McCracken. 
Hugh d. Oct. 22, 1835, of "old age." (West Ch. Rec.) (Oct. 
16 in Dr. Josiah Noyes's diary.) 

9S TXr OU Cmmjmnl 

dan. of Jiilm mtd Alke WUIcl 
Robert mat bu A«g^ 14, 1843, soa of 210 aod 211. 
Isabdb mat bu Oct. 10^ iSsj^daa. of 210 aad 211. 
Elizabeth mao b. Oct. 12; 1S37, daai of 210 aad 211. 

216-221 flfbftb ixe «tf a 

FRANCIS HL POOLE, | Died Dee 4> lU^^ I Aged 48 jn. s 



JOHN Mccracken, | died i nov. lo, 1884. | aged 83 yrs. 

3 MOS. 


AGED 70 YRS. 5 MOS. 



(South lace.) 

WILLIAM Mccracken, i died i ocr. 31, 1842, | aged 4 yrs. 

9 MOS. 

SARAH J. Mccracken | died july 9, 1848. | aged 8 months. 
JOHN Mccracken jr. | died april 15. 1858, | aged 24 


Francis H. Poole of Boston m. Susan J. McCracken Nov. 
29, 1878. 

John McCracken was a field driver in 1856. He and sev- 
eral of his family were members of the West Church. 

Hugh Alexander was b. Nov. 22, 1831, son of 216 and 217. 

William was b. Jan. 15, 1838, bapt. Aug. 4, 1839 (West Ch. 
Rec), son of 216 and 217. 

John, Jr., was b. Aug. 12, 1833, 8on of 216 and 217. 

IVes^ Needham 99 

222 (Tomb south of monument.) 

Erected 1841 By | John McCracken. 

DANIEL DADMUN | died Sept. 4, 1856, | M\^ 65 yrs. 

DANIEL DADMUN | died Mar. 28, 1827, | JEX. 3 yrs. 

NEWELL H. DADMUN | died Aug. 27, 1833, | ^t. 3 mos. 

Daniel was 65 yrs., 5 mos., and was b. in Marlborough, son 
of Elijah and Bathsheba Dadmun. (T. Rec.) 

Elijah Dadmun and Bathsheba Parmenter were m. in Sud- 
bury, Feb. 28, 1 78 1, removed to Marlborough. (Temple's 

The name is called Dedman or Dedmun in the Needham 
town records. 

Daniel kept the toll gate on the Worcester turnpike near 
Blossom Street. He was hogreave 18 19, sealer of leather 
1823-26, '29-34, '36, West district school committee 1825, 
fence viewer 1826, '27, '29, '37-39, '45, measurer of wood 
1828, '29, field driver 1829, '30, '33, '34, '37-39, '45, assistant 
assessor 1834. 

The births of seven of his children are recorded in Need- 
ham. Daniel (224) was b. May 5, 1824, son of 223 and his 
wife Lydia Temple. Newell H. was b. May 18, 1833, son of 
223 and Lydia. 

226 WILLIAM FLAGG | DIED | Feb. 16, 1861, | Mx,. 58 yrs. 

" Blessed are the dead 
which die in the Lord^^ 

He was b. in Boston, Oct. 15, 1802, son of Solomon and 
Esther (Brown) Flagg. See 310 and 311. 

He was hogreave 1826, '27, constable 1827, one of the in- 
specting school committee 1828, '29, '32, '33, '37, prudential 
school committee (West) 1830, measurer of wood 1828-34, '36, 
'37, fence viewer and field driver 1831-33, selectman 1831-33 

lOO The Old Gi-aveyard 

(resigned in 1833 and his brother Solomon was elected), '35, 
'36, '44, '45, '52, '59, '60. assessor 1835, '46-48, '50-54> rep- 
resentative to the General Court 1836, '37, town treasurer 
1838, tax collector 1840, '45. On March 4, 1833, the town 
first chose fire wards, and Mr. Flagg was one of the six then 
elected. There were fourteen fire wards in 1875, but for 
some years the engineers of the fire department have been 
also " Forest Fire Wards." 

Mr. Flagg was a man of strong character, and of much 
influence, held many minor town offices not mentioned in the 
foregoing, was a justice of the peace, and the older citizens 
refer to him as a Whig leader. He also had experience as a 
school teacher. 

The town passed appropriate resolutions at its next meet- 
ing after his decease. He was clerk of the West Precinct 
July 13, 1846-April 9, 1855, clerk of the West Church Au- 
gust 5, 1846-January 19, 1848, deacon November 28, 1849- 
February 16, 1861, on the committee of the West Precinct 
1836, *37, '42, *43, and moderator of some of its meetings 

He was the second postmaster at West Needham, succeed- 
ing Charles Noyes, and served more than twenty-five years. 

Charles C. Greenwood wrote of Mr. Flagg : — 

** For a quarter of a century he has occupied a prominent and honorable 
position in this town, and filled all the responsible offices in its gift. 

** For a long series of years he was almost invariably chosen Moderator 
at Town meetings, and often appointed on committees to carry out impor- 
tant public enterprises. At the time of his death he was a member of the 
board of Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor. He was much engaged in 
the settlement of estates. All of the many and varied trusts committed to 
his care were honestly and faithfully discharged. * Squire' Flagg was a 
man of active mind, sound judgment, and great energy of character. He 
was firm and decided in his opinions, plainly and sometimes bluntly express- 
ing them, but he had a kind heart, ever ready in cases of sickness and mis- 
fortune to perform those kind acts and offices characteristic of the good 
neighbor and Christian. He was a man whose <idvice and counsel was 
highly valued. 

West Nccdham lOi 

<*The funeral services took place on Tuesday afternoon, 19th, from 
the Cliurch at West Needham, and the house was filled to its utmost 

•* An impressive discourse was delivered by Rev. A. R. Baker, the pas- 
tor. The concluding prayer was offered by Rev. A. Bigelow of Medfield, 
a former pastor. At the conclusion of the services the whole congregation 
followed in procession the remains to their last resting place, thus testify- 
ing to the universal respect and esteem with which the deceased was re- 


Mrs, MARTHA B. | Wife of | WILLIAM FLAGG, | Died Feb. 

2, 1848, I Aged 44 years. 

Ltrved wife and mother take thy rest 
Where pain and parting never cotne^ 
Ohf may we^find among the blest^ 
With thee delight^ eternal home, 

MARTHA B. | Daughter of | Wm & Martha B. Flagg, | Died Jan. 

4, 1848, I Aged 13 days. 

Sleep sweet Ihihc and take thy rest^ 

God called yon hmne when he thought best. * 

Mrs. Flagg was b. Oct. 11, 1803, dau. of Jesse and Martha 
(Brown) Winch, and sister of Enoch Winch (201). (Temple's 
Framingham.) The intention of marriage of William Flagg 
and Martha B. Winch is recorded Oct. 23, 1825. (T. Rec.) 

The births of four of her children are recorded in Need- 
ham, and that of a son of Mr. Flagg by his second wife, 

229 LUCY, I dau. of G. W. &> M. /, \ Moulion, dud \ Dec. 10, 

1853, I jGt, ^ yrs, 1 mo, 

" Of such is the kingdom of 

heaven, ^^ 

Lucy was b. Oct. 29, 1850, dau. of George W. and Mary J. 
Moulton, who had four children whose births are recorded in 

I02 The Old Graveyard 

230 In memory of | Mrs. Martha Jackson | widow of Edward 
Jackson, | who died | March ii, 1838. | aged 67 years. 

Yet again we hope to meet thee^ 
When the day of life is fled. 
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee. 
Where no farewell tear is shed. 

Perhaps she was the lady admitted to the West Church 
July 9, 1809, then Mrs. Martha Brown but later Mrs. Jackson. 
She removed to Natick, and was dismissed from the Church 
in Needham June 6, 1827. Edward Jackson was on the com- 
mittee of the West Precinct 1786. 

231 (Willow.) 

SACRED I to the memory of \ Mrs. Caroline MSIntire | wife of | 
Mr. John M?Intire ! | died Dec. 5! i8i6, | Mx. 36 Y*. 

Friends nor physicians conld not save. 
My mortal body frotn the grave ; 
Nor will the grave confine it here, 
When fesus calls I must appear. 
My partner and my children dear, 
I leave to God^s paternal care ; 
And all my f Hauls wherever you be. 
Prepare in time to follow me. 

She was b. Feb. 15, 1791, dau. of Nathan and Elizabeth 
(Broad) Dewing, who were m. in Boston, June 7, 1780. Car- 
oline m. John Mclntire Nov. 8, 1807 (int. June 6), and had 
eight children whose births are recorded in Needham. John 
and Caroline, with their four children, John, Samuel, George 
and James, were bapt. May 30, 18 19. A dau., Caroline, was 
bapt. Sept. 3, 1820, and Elizabeth, another dau., was bapt. 
Oct. 12, 1823. (West Ch. Rec.) 

Ensign Nathan Dewing was assessor 1796, and held differ- 
ent minor offices in the town. He was a soldier in the Rev- 
olution. (See Mass. S. and S. in Rev.) Nathan was one 
of the committee of the West Precinct 1786-89. As early 
as 1804 he was a militia captain. By his second wife, Mrs. 
Adah Mills, whom he m. Sept. 20, 1804 0"^. July 25), he was 

IVest Ncedhani 103 

the father of Lieut. Paul Dewing and of the late William 
Dewing. For an obituary of William see the Needham 
Recorder for November 30, 1895. Nathan Dewing d. in 
Boston, Oct. II, 1832. (Dr. Noyes's diary.) 

232 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of \ Mr. James Perry, | who died \ March 

4, 1833 : I iEt. 42. 

This stone is remote from the monument in memory of 

233-236 (North face of a monument.) 

ISABELLA, I wifeof\ JAMES PERRY, | DIED | Aug. 8,1848,1 

JE. 33 yrs. 

WILLIAM S. PERRY, | DIED Nov. 24, 1867, | JE. 44 yrs. 

(West face.) 
Mrs. MARY PERRY, | DIED \/an. ij, 187^, \ ^. 78 yrs. j mos. 

EMILY A. R. PERRY, | DIED | Apr. ^7, 1874, \ yE. ig yrs. 

10 mos. 

237-238 (South face of a monument.) 

WILLIAM GRAY, | DIED Jan. 19, 1879, | lEx. 80 yrs. 8 ms. | & 

19 dys. 

ALICE. I Wife of | William Gray, | DIED | July 31, 1864, | iEt. 

66 yrs. 5 ms. 


William was b. in Ireland, son of Thomas and Katie Gray. 
He was a farmer. His wife Alice was also b. in Ireland, dau. 
of Hugh and Mary McCracken, and sister of 210. 


She d. Nov. 9, 1865, aged 48 yrs., 8 mos., 25 dys., and was 
b. in Topsham, N. H., dau. of Moses and Betsey (McKeith) 
Wallace. (T. Rec.) 

I04 The Old Graveyard 

240 SARAH R. STEVENS, | DIED | MAY 6, 1879, I AGED| 

61 YRS. 5 MOS. 

She was 63 yrs., 3 mos., according to the town records, and 
was b. in Needbam, dau. of 11 and 12. 

241 HORACE STEVENS, | Born in Needuam, | Jan. 181 i, | 

Died | Aug. 17, 1889. 

He was b. Jan. 21, 181 1, son of 11 and 12. 

This concludes all the inscriptions from the large middle 
section of the graveyard, with the exception of that on the 
gravestone of John W. Clements, d. 1864, and those on the 
new Holt monument. 

242-247 1 S FLOYD I 

MEHITABLE, | wife of Samuel Floyd, | died Nov. 16, 1846, 

iEt 56. 

IVcep nai /fir ttte hitl for yourselves. 

A well beloved wife and mother^ 
And beloved by all who knew her. 


EUNICE FLOYD | died May 6, 1829, ^Et 11 yrs 21 ds. 

MEHITABLE FLOYD | died Aug. i, 1821, JSX. i yr. 2 ms. 

An INFANT Daughter \ died July 28, 182 1, ^t i day. 

JOSEPH G. FLOYD | died Feb. 17, 1832, ^Et. 6 ros. 

Except ye become as a little child, ye cantiat enter the kingdom of God. 

SAMUEL P. FLOYD | died Dec. 29, 1843, -«t. 21 ys. | 3 ms. 

20 ds. 

I know that my Redeemer Irveth^for he calls me a child of his aunt. 

This stone was found by Mr. Hunt and myself some months 
since, and it was entirely covered with grass and earth. 

West Needham 105 

Query, How many more stones are there in this graveyard 
that are not visible? The Floyd stone lies on the ground 
in the northern section of the yard, and should have been 
included earlier in the book. A foot stone to Samuel P. 
Floyd locates the lot. 

Mehitable was found dead, and the town records state that 
she d. Nov. 17, 1846, aged 55 yrs. 

Samuel was b. Feb. 17, 1790, son of Philip and Deborah 
(Edes) Floyd, who were m. Oct. 26, 1788. She was the 
widow of Samuel Ware, Jr., whom she m. Nov. 26, 1778. 
(Ch. Rec.) 

Philip Floyd was in the West Company April 19, 1775, 
and d. Nov. 28, 1820, aged 6j yrs. 

Deborah Edes was b. Sept. 18, 1758, bapt Oct i (Ch. 
Rec.)f dau. of John and Deborah (Pratt) Edes, who were m. 
Jan. 10, 1749. 

The births of six children of Philip Floyd are recorded in 
Needham, and those of five children of his son Samuel. 

The names on the back of the stone are those of children 
of Samuel and Mehitable (Kingsbury) Floyd, who were m. 
July 27, 1817 (int. July 12). Eunice was b. Apr. 12, 1818, 
Mehitable was b. May 28, 1820, Joseph Grafton was b. Aug. 
20, 1 83 1, Samuel P. was b. Sept. 9, 1822. 


SARAH MANSFIELD, | DIED | July 26, 1865 ; | aged 76 jrs. | 

8 mos. & 2 dys. 

Trust in the Lord fehovahy Trust: 
Hosanna to the God of grace, 

REBECCA MANSFIELD, | died Oct. 28, 1802 ; | aged 2 yrs. 

8 mos. I & 29 dys. 

Sarah was b. Nov. 24, 1788, Rebecca was b. Jan. 30, 1800, 
daus. of Epes and Sarah (Smith) Mansfield, who were m. Jan. 
10, 1788. For an account of this prominent Methodist fam- 
ily see Robert Mansfield (489), later in this book. 

io6 The Old Graveyard 

250 WESLEY W. McINTIRE, | Son of | Henry & Mary 
Mslntire, | died Nov. 34, 1849, | JSX. 15 yrs. 

Dear brother thou hast left us, 
At$d thy loss we deeply ftel. 
He is God that hath bereft us, 
He eon all our sorrow heal* 

His brothers Warren F. and George L. are buried next to 
him. Numbers 248-250, are in the newer western section 
of the yard, south of the driveway. I copied all the epitaphs 
there, but as they are in memory of persons who died 1859- 
1882, 1 have decided not to print them, but to inscribe them 
in a book, with notes and an index, and to deposit the book 
in the library of the New England Historic Genealogical 
Society in Boston, where it may be consulted. 



IN 1S58 the church in the West Precinct of Needham, 
Wellesley, expended part of the fund left to it by Betsey 
Brown (see 55, p. 36), in purchasing land west of the old 
graveyard. In 1871 this land was sold, and other land 
bought on what is now Wellesley Avenue ; this in turn was 
exchanged for land on lirook Street, which was laid out for 
a cemetery and named Woodlawn in 1877. (See History of 
the Wellesley Congregational Church, by the Rev. Edward 
Herrick Chandler, p. 96.) 

It is stated by those in a position to know, that, including 
the remains of sixty-seven persons from the Bullard, Parker 
and Smith tombs, there have been no less than one hundred 
and forty removals from the old graveyard, most of them to 
Woodlawn. The Wellesley Congregational Church owns a 
series of lots in the westerly part of the new cemetery, and 
there have been placed many old blue slate gravestones, but 
scattered throughout Woodlawn are stones that came from 
the old yard. I have copied all epitaphs commemorating 
persons who died prior to 1861, and some of a later date. 

I wish to acknowledge the courtesy and information re- 
ceived from Mr. George Henry Robbins of Wellesley, who 
made many of the removals, and kept a careful record of 

io8 Woodlawn Cemetery 

262 CHARLES DEMING | died | December 17, 1817, | aged 

44 years. 

He was b. Mar. 6, 1774, son of 257 and 258. 

He was hogreave 1794, field driver and highway surveyor 
1798. On March 12, 1798, he and "U" Nathan Dewing 
were chosen deerreaves, and were the last in Needham. 
Charles was on the West district school committee 1798, 
1800, '01, constable (West) 1800, '01, tythingman 1801. 

This epitaph was numbered 252 rather than 251 to allow 
for 64a. As there is also 153a it should have been 253 to 
indicate the exact number. 


Sept. 5, 1867, I M. 90 yrs. 8 mos. 

The hoary head is a crown of glory. 

She was b. Jan. 5, 1777, dau. of Moses and Elizabeth 
(Newell) Fuller, who were m. Apr. 14, 1774. 

Mehitable m. Charles Deming July 24, 1793. (Ch. Rec.) 

264 (Urn.) 

In memory of | Charles Deming \ Son of M^. Charles 6- | Mv 
Mehetable Deming \ who died June 1796 | aged 5 days. 

Farewell fioeet Babe 
till we fhall meet above^ 
And there with you 
fing the redeemer's love. 

The child was b. June 23, 1796. 

266 (Urn.) 

Adeline | Daugh, of \ Charles & Mehitable | Deming, | died Aug*. 

30. J 809. I Mi. I year & 5 mo. 

Adeline's birth is not recorded in the town records. On 
Nov. 21, 1802, six children of Charles Deming were bapt. 
viz. Jonathan Edes, Esther, Anna, Charles, Mary and Eliza< 
beth Fuller. (West Ch. Rec.) 

Welles ley 109 

256 (Willow and urn.) 

Erected | In Memory of | Mr. JONf Edes Deming, | who died \ 

Nov. 7, 1815 : I iEt. 22. 

MafCs brightest visions just appear^ 
Then vanish, and no more are found ; 
The stateliest pile his pride can rear, 
A breath may level with the ground. 

He was son of 252 and 253. 

257 (Urn.) 

In memory of | Mj. Jonathan Deming | who died May a?*** 1791 : | 

iEtatis 76. 

lieneath this flone I reft my head. 

In flumbers fweet, Chrift bleft the bed; 

Weep not for me, my cares are o*re, 

Wefoon * meet, to part no more. 

In 1748 he was on the committee " to take care of the Land 
M' Dwight gave," surveyor of highways 1747, '73i field driver 
1749, deerreave 1750, '51, fence viewer 1750, one of the com- 
mittee to petition in regard to the " Province tax," and on 
the committee to reckon with the town treasurer, and also on 
a committee to view a road to decide if it is best to "Except" 
it, all in 1753, selectman and assessor 1763, hogreave 1771, 
tythingman 1776. On March 9, 1767, he was one of the 
committee of five '* to Divide the Roads into Diftricts,** and 
on August 31, 1774, he was chosen one of the five delegates 
to the county convention. His colleagues were Capt. Eleazer 
Kingsbury, Capt. Lemuel Pratt, Mr. Samuel Daggett and 
Capt. Caleb Kingsbury. (See Capt. Caleb Kingsbury, p. 39.) 

Although omitted from the Mass. S. and S. in Rev., Mr. 
Deming " Done a turn " as a soldier, and the town paid him 
£>Z^ S-^j 4^» (Vol. Ill, p. 155, T. Rec.) Jonathan was a 
leader in the movement for the division of the town into two 
parishes, and was chosen one of the first West Precinct com- 
mittee, July 6, 1778, and also served in 1779, '82, '85-90, 
moderator of thirteen or more of its meetings 1775-90. In 

no Woodiawn Cemetery 

1774 his name heads the list of those who pledged them- 
selves to contribute towards building a meeting house. 

For epitaph of Capt. Charles Deming, 1740, see Need. 
Ephs., p. 4.* 

258 (Urn.) 

In memory of | M'* Esther Deming, | Wife of Mk Jonathan Dem- 
ing; I who died August 30- 1792 : | iEtatis 58. 

Je/us can make a dying bed^ 
Feel /oft as downy pillows art; 
Then on his brtaft VU lean my head^ 
And breath my life out Jweetly there, 

260 (Uni.) 

In memory of | Mifs Efther Deming, | Daughter of Mk Jonathan &• 
Mk* I Esther Deming : \ who died | March 23^ 1791 : | i£tatis 19. 

Forbear fond Parents; cea/e to grieve^ 
7\oas Je/us lent me to your arpis: 
With Patience wait^ you /oon Jhall /ee. 
Your Child arrayed in richer charms, 

Esther was b. Jan. 17, 1772, bapt. Jan. 26. 
There was another Esther b. June 29, I795> but she was 
dau. of 252 and 253. 

260 (Urn.) 

In memory of | Mifs Anna Deming, | Daught. of Mk Jonathan 6^ 
J/r' I Efther Deming: who died | May iV^ 1788; | iEtatis 11. 

Why do we mourn departed /riettdst 
Or /hake at death* s alarms; 
7}'s but the voice which Je/us /ends^ 
To call them to his arms, 

Anna was b, Feb. 17, 1777. 

* The references to the Needham Epitaphs may not be intelligiUe to per- 
sons unfamiliar with the work of the late Charles Curtis Greenwood. He 
copied and published in the Dedham Historical Register the inscriptions in the 
old graveyard on Nehoiden Street, Needham, with brief genealogical and 
biographical notes. After Mr. Greenwood's decease a reprint was issued with 
an index. This reprint appeared in 1898, and was limited to sixty-five co|»es. 

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261 (Urn.) 

In memory of | Dodlor William Deming | who died Nov! y« 28S 

1789: I iEtatis 62. 

No flatWin^ Mar hie lures the traveler liere^ 
This fpoi is /acred to affection* s tear ; 
He was in life tvhat artfiil men pretend^ 
Companion^ Parent, Neighbour, ChriJHan, Friend, 

His house was finished in 1755 He was a prominent phy- 
sician, and "Done a turn'* as a soldier in the Revolution, 
although his name is not in the Mass. S. and S. in Rev. 

The Demings and the Fisks who follow originally reposed 
in the old graveyard near the church, and north of the Noyes 
tomb. At the removal the remains of each person were 
placed in a separate box, and each family buried in a square 
grave in the centre of a new lot. This is according to the 
statement of reliable people. 

262 (Obelisk. Willow and urn. Obelisk.) 

Sacred | 7b the Memory of \ Enoch Fisk, Esqt | who died \ 061. 

2, 1827 : I MX, 77. 

A Husband, Father, Ih'other, sleeps! 
Affection mourns, and Friendship weeps ; 
But faith, which soothed his lingering pain. 
Shall our desponding hearts sustain 

With hope of that eternal day. 

When God shall wipe all tears away. 

He was b. in Natick, son of Moses and Mehitable (Broad) 
Fisk. (See 354 and 355.) 

Enoch was a Revolutionary soldier from Needham, and 
served near Boston in 1777 and '78; surveyor of highways 
1782, selectman 1787, '88, 1818, "Constable of the first Parish 
in Needham" 1788, on the committee to reckon with the 
town treasurer 1787, '90, '92, '97, '98, 1802, '03, '07, '11, '18, 
Lower Falls district school committee 1791, '92, '94, '97, '98, 
1800-02, '06, *09, '12, '18, on a committee "to give the Town 
Treaf' Some Inftructions" 1791, assessor 1792, on school 
house committees March 9, September 14, December 17, 

112 Woodlatvn Cemetery 

1795, and on two similar committees May 9, 1796, see Nos. 
6> 39> 45» ii2| 186 and 378, on the committee to provide 
teachers for the Lower Falls district 17949 '95. He was 
treasurer of the West Precinct March 24, 1791-March 29, 
1797, and March 24, 1804-March 18, 1805. One of the 
numerous committees on which he served was to provide 
a plow in 1806. He appears to have been chairman of the 
committee appointed May 3, 1824, "to procure a poor house." 
His colleagues were Major Ebenezer Mcintosh and Lieut. 
Jonathan Gay. 

In 1807 he was tax collector for the west part of the town, 
compensation .0375, ^"^ i" i^^^ ^^ was again collector and 
received .042, surveyor of wood and fence viewer 18 16, elected 
town treasurer March 6, 1820, and declined. Justice of the 
peace 18 14-9 and moderator of many town meetings. He was 
on the West Precinct committee 1791-1805, '24, moderator 
of its meeting in 1803. 

Isaiak [Fiske] was one of the inspecting school committee 


268 (Urn with S. F. on it.) 

In Memory of | M» SARAH FISK, | wife of \ Mr. Enoch Fifk, 

who I died Sep! 17, 1800, [ iEtatis 43. 

nU grave contains the feeble mouldering 

The fpirit triumphs in eternal Day, 

Enoch Fisk is said to have m. Sarah Bacon of Natick, May 
18, 1780. 

264 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of | Miss Mary Fisk, | who died \ Oct. 

28, 18 18 : I i£t. 33. 

TTu mam of life serenely rose, alas I 
And blushed with beams to bright to last: 
Though her pale corpse is in the grave confined, 
She leaves a pattern to her sex behind. 

She was b. Mar. 12, 1786, dau. of 262 and 263. 

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265 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of | Miss Caroline Fisk, | who died \ 

Oct. I, 1812 : I -^t. 23. 

In temper mild in habits pure^ 
In Jesus Christ Salvation sure. 

She is called Carolina in the town records, b. Dec. 12, 1789, 
dau. of 262 and 263. 

266 (Willow and nm.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of | Miss Huldah Fisk | who died \ May 

30, 1818 : I Mt, 22. 

From death*s arrest no affe is free y 
Prepare /or death and follow me. 

She was b. June 25, 1796, dau. of 262 and 263. 

267 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of \ Mrs. Grace Fisk, | Wife of Mr. 
Enoch Fiskf^ \ who died O^. 31, 1822 : | JEx. 41. 

With patience Lord I bore thy handy 

Till death Jiath sett me free ; 
Resigned my breath at thy command^ 
Hopeing to dwell with thee. 

She was b. in Weston, Dec. 2, 1781, dau. of Joseph and 
Elizabeth (Stratton) Seaverns, m. Enoch Fisk, Jr., Nov, 4, 
1805 (Weston T. Rec), int. Oct. 7, 1804. (Need. T. Rec.) 

Mrs. Fisk was sister of Peter Lyon's second wife. (See p. 
33.) Fisk and Fiske appear to be equally correct ; the latter 
form is the more common to-day. 

268 (Obelisk. Willow and urn. Obelisk.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of \ Mr. Enoch Fisk fL | who died \ 

Sep\ 10, 1827 : I ^t. 46. 

From me this solemn truth receive^ 
Near to the opening grave you stand ; 
Death will not grant a long repreive^ 
The end of all things is at hand. 

He was b. Jan. 28, 1781, son of 262 and 263. 
He was hogreave in 1805, '08, '19. The births of two of 
his children are recorded in Needham. 

114 Woodtmm Cemetery 

209 (Urn.) 

ERECTED I In memory of | William Fuller Esq. | who died Jan? 

i7» iSoa : | Mx. 59. 

Beneath this Stone I rest my head^ 
In siumbers sweety Christ klest the hed^ 
Weep not for mu my pains are u^er^ 
We soon shall meet to part no more. 

He was b. Mar. 10^ I743i son of Robert, Jr., and Sarah 
(Eaton) Fuller. 

His ancestors are buried in Needham. (Need. Ephs.) 

William was a farmer, and was selectman 1775-81, '83- 
86, '88-92, '94--96, '98, 1800, '01, assessor 1783, '84, '89, 
elected representative to the General Court May 17, 1782, 
and declined, but served in 1789, '90. Since 1831 the rep- 
resentative to the General Court has been chosen in Novem- 
ber, but prior to that date the election was in the spring. 
Mr. Fuller was on the committee to reckon with the town 
treasurer 1780, '98, 1800, fence viewer 1785, district school 
committee 1797, '98, 1800. 

On April 19, 1775, William Fuller was a sergeant in the 
West Company, and there is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his 

On February 17, 1777, "Lie*" William Fuller and "Lie*" 
Ebenezer Fuller were of the committee of five chosen " To 
See what has been paid, and who has Done a turn or part of 
a turn, Perfonally," and March 9, 1778, William was one of 
the committee of five to see what the town " Shall allow to a 
man that Shall be Drafted or Goes Vollentery in to the Pub- 
lick Service of the war." On August 2, 1779, he was one of 
the committee of seven " to State the articles of marchandize 
and Cuntry Produce &c." 

In 1792 he was on the committee to petition for the divi- 
sion of SufiFolk County, and August 4, 1794, on that in refer- 
ence to "an allowance being made to those men that are 
Drafted as minute men." 

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On March 14, 1796, he was chairman of the committee of 
three "to open the Bridle way acrofs Chestnut Hill," and 
March 9, 1801, chairman of the committee of five "to renew 
the bounds round the lot of Land lying in Dover." This 
refers to the D wight school land, still owned by the town. 

"Squire" Fuller was justice of the peace 1795-1802, mod- 
erator of many town meetings, and was a leader in the com- 
munity. He was the first clerk of the West Precinct, and 
served from January 19, 1775, until his decease. He served 
with Joseph Mudge, Jr., and Jonathan Kingsbury on the 
first board of assessors chosen by the West Precinct, March 
5, 1778, and in 1780 Lieut. William Fuller was moder- 
ator of one of its meetings, and 1791-1801 William Fuller, 
Esq., was on its precinct committee. Service as precinct 
assessor will not be mentioned in this work unless for some 
special reason, such as the failure to elect a precinct com- 
mittee in a particular year, which gave the assessors addi- 
tional importance. 

270 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of | Mrs. Sarah Fuller, | Wife of \ 
William Fuller Esq^^ \ 7oho died April 26, 1820 : | J£X, 69. 

Sweet soiilt 7oe leave thee to thy rest^ 
Enjoy thy Jesus and thy God^ 
Till we from bands of clay releas*d^ 
Sing out and climb the shining road. 

She was b. June i, 1751, dau. of Ebenezer and Lydia 
(Woodward) Hunting, and sister of 140, m. William Fuller 
June 8, 1769. Mrs. Hunting was probably identical with 
Lydia, bapt. Sept. 11, 1726, dau. of Benoni Woodward. 

271 (Willow and urn.) 

Sally Fuller, | Dau'. of Will'.'' Fuller Esq \ And Sarah his wife, \ 

Died June 8, 1784 : | ^t. 4 months. 

A pleasant plant a blooming flower 
Cut down ^ withered in an hour, 

Sally's birth is not recorded in the town records. 

ii6 Woodlawn Cemetety 

272 (Cherub's head and wings.) 

Sacred | to the memory o! | M! Luther Fuller | who died Auguft 6, 

1798. I iEtatis 25. 

Could grateful love recall the JleeHfig ^reatk^ 
Or fatid affecHou foothe relentlefs Death. 
Theu had this Stone ne*er claimed a /octal tear, 
Nor read to thinightle/s man a le/sott here. 

He was b. May s» 1774, son of 269 and 270. 

273 (Lamp, urn, olive tree, lamp.) 

In memory of | John W. Fuller, | Son of Mk Luther Futter&» M^ \ 
Abigail his wife; who died | Ofiober 28$ 1796 ; in | the 

3<^ year of his age. 

Farewell dear child, a fliort farewell^ 
Till we Jhall meet again aheve ; 
In the Jweet groves where pleafures dwell. 
And trees of life bear fruits of love. 

The child's birth is not recorded in the town records. 

274 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | Mr. Asa Fuller, | who died | Nov*: 12, 1808. | 

iEt. 27. 

Stop here my friend dr* drop a tear 
Think on the dust that slumbers here 
And when you read this date of me 
Think on the ^ass that runs for the. 

He was b. Oct. 3, 1781, son of 269 and 270. 
He was a hogreave in 1807. 

275 (Willow and urn.) 

fn memory of \ Lieut. William Fuller, | who died \ June 8, 1827,1 

He was b. Apr. 12, 1770, son of 269 and 270. 

He was hogreave 1793* Brick district school committee 
iScx), '14 ("L'" the latter year) ; "Ens»" William Fuller was 
surveyor of highways 1803, ^^^ ^^ 1S19 ^^ ^^^^ that position, 
but was no longer called " Ens'* ." Field driver 1803, '06, '14. 

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276 (Willow and urn.) 

IN MEMORY OF | Mrs. Rebeca Fuller, | Wife of | Mr. William 
Fuller, I WHO DIED | Dec. 5, 1843, I -^t. 71. 

She was b. Mar. 11, 1772, dau. of 44 and 45. 
"Becca" Bullard m. William Fuller, Jr., Jan. 6, 1793. (Ch. 

277 (Willow and urn.) 

CAPT. I JONATHAN FULLER | died | April 27, 1853, | iEt 81. 

He was b. Apr. 7, 1772, son of 269 and 270. 

He was a "L*" as early as 1807, when he was field driver 
and tythingman, surveyor of highways 181 1, '18, '33, select- 
man 181 3-16, '22-24, '28, '29, West district school committee 
1 81 7, '21, '24, '26, prudential school committee 1834, fence 
viewer 1829, town agent 1835, chosen to act with the asses- 
sors in taking the general valuation in 1835. 

On October 27, 18 16, he was appointed one of the com- 
mittee which reported May i, 1817, in favor of a division of 
the town, and in 1825 he was on a similar committee, consist- 
ing of ten, and May 23, 1825, the town voted for division. 

On April 6, 1818, he was on a committee of six "to repair 
the several School houses," and in 1832 on the committee to 
reckon with the town treasurer. From 1831-35 he was on 
the committee of the West Precinct. In the later town 
records the omission in some instances of his military title 
suggests that possibly Jonathan Fuller, Jr., may have been 

278 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of \ Mrs. Mary Fuller, | wife of \ Capi 
Jonathan Fuller; \ Z^/>// April 19, 1836, | Mi, 63. 

She's gone from earth — the meek afflicted one. 
To rest from all her toil ; her work is done; 
Her virtues still will live they cannot die^ 
For they^ on earthy but ripen for the sky. 

She was b. Oct. 14, 1772, dau. of Timothy and Dorothy 
(Colburn) Broad, m. Jonathan Fuller June 9, 1794. (Ch. Rec.) 

ii8 Woodlawft Cemetery 

270 In I memory of | Francis Fuller, | .S^y of Mk Joftathan 6* 
Mk* I Mary Fuller^ who died May | 13, 1798, aged a years 

& II Months. 

Friend drop a tear o*er his ^fiart grttve^ 
Lament in him an early doam^ 
Be ftiU and knew his maker gave^ 
And called kim to kis Heavenly kome. 

Francis was b. June io» 1795. 

280 In I memory of | Rebecca Fuller, | Daughter of Mk Jimaikan 
&• I Mk* Mary Fuller^ who died | July 19, 1803 : | Aged 

8 months. 

A lovely plants a blooming JUno 

Cut down and witker^d in an hour, 

Rebecca was b. Nov. 15, 1801 (T. Rec), bapt. Feb. 7, 1802. 
(West Ch. Rec.) 

281 (Willow.) 

In Memory of | William Fuller, | Son of Mr. Jonathan^ | &» Mrs, 
Mary Fuller; \ who died Dec. 13, 1805 ; | iEt. 1 year ^ 8 mo. 

Sweet skall my rest in Jesus be; 
Since He kas conpter^d deatk for me, 

William was b. Apr. 2, 1864 (T. Rec), bapt. May 27, 1804. 
(West Ch. Rec.) 

282 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacrbd I To the memory of | Mr. Alvsn Fuller, | who died \ 

Mar. i7, 18s g, I M. 73 yrs. 8 mos. 

He was b. July 16^ 1785, son of 269 and 27a He is called 
Alvan in the town record of births. 

He was hogreave 1810, '22, fence viewer 1819. 

On April 21, I799» Alven, Sarah, Clarissa and Cleora, chil- 
dren! of William and Sarah Fuller were bapt. (West Ch. Rec.) 

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283 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of | Mrs. Anna Fuller, | Wife of \ Mr. 
Alvett Fuller; \ who died Aug. 24, 1819 : | Mt, 32. 

My livint^ Childreit all draw neary 
Perhaps my death desentes a tear: 
Here lies a kind and tender breast^ 
That gave yait succor sleep and rest: 
Here rests a kind and folded arm^ 
That guided each of you from harm ; 
Here rests my frame in sable ground^ 
Where each of yoti. must soon he found. 

She was b. Dec. 5, 1787, dau. of 262 and 263. 

Alvin Fuller m. " Nancy " Fisk Nov. 12, 1809 (int. Sept. 23). 

284 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of \ Persis Ware, | Daughter of Alvett &* Anna Fuller; | 

Died March 3, 1835 • I ^^' *7 years. 

Go home my friends wipe of your tears^ 
My dust lies here till Christ appears ; 
To relms above my spirit flies^ 
To meet its Saviour in the skies. 

Persis was b. Sept. 15, 1817 (T. Rec), d. Mar. 2, 1835 (West 
Ch. Rec), bapt. Nov. 30, 18 17. (West Ch. Rec.) 

286 (Willow and very small um.) 

SOPHIA, I wifeofX Alven Fuller, | died Mar. 1, 1859, | agedyoyrs. 

She was 71 yrs., 6 mos., 3 dys., and was b. in Southborough, 
dau. of Samuel and Lucretia Chamberlain. The intention of 
marriage of Alven Fuller and Sophia Chamberlain of South- 
borough was recorded Oct. 13, 1821. (T. Rec.) 

The remains of all these Fullers are in a lot in the north- 
erly part of Woodlawn, but they originally rested near the 
church in the old graveyard. 

286-288 (East face of a monument.) 

BENJAMIN FULLER | 1782-1857. 
SUSAN JACKSON | HIS WIFE | 1783-1857. 

(West face.) 
EDWARD A. I OUR SON | 1840-1842. 

There are other names on this monument. 

I20 Woodlawn Cemetery 

Benjamin was b. in Charlestown, N. H., d. Sept. 26, 1857. 

He was a farmer. Chosen deacon of the Congregational 
Church at West Newton (Second Church) October 31, 1817, 
and was dismissed, with his wife, to the Church in West 
Needham, August 10, 1828. Resigned as deacon July 6, 
1828. Clerk of the West Church July 9, 1833-October 2, 
1833, one of the West Precinct committee 1828-30, '46, its 
collector 1829, and moderator of its meetings in 1835, '39, 
'43, '46. He was selectman 1829, '31, tax collector 1832. 

Edward Augustus was b. Apr. 3, 1840 (T. Rec), bapt. 
Sept. 6, 1840 (West Ch. Rec), d. Feb. 25, 1842, son of Au- 
gustus and Susan S. (Fuller) Fuller, who were m. Dec. i, 
1836. She was a dau. of 286, and d. May 16, 1897. 

Augustus Fuller was b. Oct. 24, 18 14, d. Oct. 3, 1893, 
son of 277 and 278, and was a deacon of the West Church 
November 28, 1849-January 16, 1885, and clerk of the church 
from January 19, 1848-January 24, £883. He was one of the 
committee of the West Precinct 1843-45, 'SS-S^, assessor, 
there apparently being no committee, 1862-65, '68, '69, mod- 
erator of six or more meetings of the precinct 1852-66, and 
of its last and final meeting April 4, 1870. Augustus Fuller 
was bapt. Dec. 18, 18 14. (West Ch. Rec.) 

289-290 (South face of a monument.) 


& 5 MO. 

(North face.) 


65 YRS. 

There are other names on this monument which is distinct 
from the one in memory of 286-288. 

Sarah Ann was b. Dec. 24, 1838, dau. of Jonathan, Jr., and 
Sarah Ann (Withington) Fuller, who were m. Jan. 6, 1830 (int. 
Dec. 19, 1829). 

Jonathan Fuller, Jr., was hogreave 1830, prudential school 
committee 1836, '38, selectman 1837, '53-57, six years, and 

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representative to the General Court 1856. From 1836-38, 
'61 he was on the West Precinct committee, and its modera- 
tor 1842 (more than once), 1849, '58-61, '69. He died Mar. 
19, 1883, aged y6 yrs., 6 mos., and his wife, Sarah A., d. May 
21, 1884, aged 78 yrs. Their names and that of their son 
Henry Augustus, who was b. Oct. 28, 1830, d. in Salisbury, 
N. C, Feb. 10, 1865, are on this monument. Henry A. was 
in the 20th Regiment of Mass. Vols, in the Civil War. 

Phineas Withington was dismissed from the First Church 
in Roxbury to the West Church in Needham April 6, 1828. 

291-293 (North face of a monument.) 


LEWIS CLARK | OCT. 26 1785 | OCT. 10 1829 

HANNAH CLARK | FEB. 26 1788 | JUNE 7 1865 

REUBEN ALLEN CLARK | JUNE 19 1828 | APRIL 12 1829 

There are other names on this monument. 

Lewis was son of William and Caty (Glover) Clark, who 
had six children whose births are recorded in Needham. 

Caty Glover was b. in Dedham, m. William Clark June 22, 
1782. (Ded. T. Rec.) 

The births of five children of Lewis Clark are recorded in 
Needham. Hannah Kingsbury, his wife, was sister of 60, 
and m. Lewis Clark Feb. 23, 18 12 (int. Feb. 6). Reuben 
Allen was son of Lewis and Hannah. 

Ebeiiezer and John [Clark] were in the East Company April 
iQi I77S» ^^^ Ebenezer^ Jr., was the drummer for the com- 
pany. John and Ebenezer, Jr., rendered considerable service 
later in the war. (See Mass. S. and S. in Rev.) 

294 MARY JANE DIX, | Wife of | L. Allen Kingsbury, | 

DIED I Oct. 14, 18 J 4, I Aged 3 J. 

Not lost but gone before. 

Luther Allen Kingsbury, son of 318 and 319, was b. Mar. 
9, 1 818, m. Mary Jane Dix Nov. 30, 1848 (int. Oct. 21). He 
was then (1848) of Wrentham. 

122 Woodlawn Cemetery 

Luther A. was on the school committee 1856, '57, '65, 
elected for three years in 1866, was chairman 1867, '68| and 
resigned in 1868. 

For an account of him as a teacher see Ded. Hist, Reg., 
Vol. IX, p. so. 

296 ELIZABETH D. DIX, | DIED | Mar. 20, 1865, | aged 66 


She was (36 yrs., 3 mos., 15 dys., and was b. in Newton, 
dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth (Brookhouse) Craft ; dismissed 
from Park Street Church in Boston to the West Church in 
Needham September i, 1830; m. Samuel W. Dix. 

296 SAMUEL W. DIX | died | Oct. 7, 1849, ^t. 61. 

He was b. in Newton, son of Samuel. 

Samuel Dix of Waltham and Hannah Day were ro. Aug. 3, 
1773- (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

Samuel W. Dix held minor town offices in Needham, and 
in 1832 was on the committee to reckon with the town treas- 
urer. In 1822, '23 and '25 he was one of the West Precinct 

207-304 (South face of a monument.) 



BORN APRIL I. 1799. I DIED SEPT. 27. 1886. 


(West face.) 




Emery Fiske was b. in Framingham, son of Moses (358) 
and his wife Sybil (Jennison) ; Emery was a prominent citizen 

Welles ley 123 

of Needham, and a Democratic leader. He was selectman 
1838-40, assessor 1840, representative to the General Court 
1840, '41, delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1853, 
and held many minor town offices. For a sketch of his life 
and a portrait see the History of Norfolk County, 1884, p. 

His wife was b. in Natick, dau. of Adam and Lydia (Bacon) 
Morse, and taught school in Natick in her younger days. 
Emery and Eunice (Morse) Fiske had seven children whose 
births are recorded in Needham. Their son, Joseph Emery 
(H. U. 1861, later A. M.), was a captain of artillery in the 
Civil War, selectman 1873-76, representative to the General 
Court 1874 and senator 1876, 'yj^ member of the school com- 
mittee 1876-April, 1 88 1, and chairman in 1876. He has also 
held the more important town offices in Wellesley, including 
the chairmanship of the school committee for some years, is 
a gentleman of historical tastes, and resides at the Fiske 
homestead. For biography and portrait see '* One of a Thou- 
sand," 1890. 

Of the children whose names are on the monument, Emery 
was b. Aug. 9, 1829, Eunice Loretta was b. June 15, 1831, 
Emery Adams was b. Apr. 5, 1833, George Henry was b. 
Sept. 28, 1836 (T. Rec), d. June 22, 1837, aged 8 mos. (West 
Ch. Rec), Sarah Elizabeth was b. June 16, 1838 (T. Rec), 
bapt. Sept. 2, 1838. (West Ch. Rec.) 

306-1 1 (North face of a monument.) 


87 YRS. 
ELIZA H.— HIS WIFE, | DIED APRIL 7, 1875, | 


1829, I AGED 1 YR. 2 MOS. 


124 IVoodiawn Cemetery 

(East face.) 


25 YRS. 

AGED 29 YRS. 6 MOS. 

(South face.) 


92 YRS. 

Solomon (305) was b. in Boston, Aug. 24, 1804, son of 310 
and 311. 

He made his first appearance as a town officer when he 
was chosen hogreave in 1828, was highway surveyor 1835, 
'63, '64, and other years, fire ward 1838-40, '43, '44, on the 
committee to reckon with the town treasurer 1838, tything- 
man 1841, '42, '49, sealer of bread 1843, '61, surveyor of wood 
1863. These are a few of the minor town offices which Mr. 
Flagg held, and he served on many committees of the town. 

On March 7, 183 1, he was chosen one of the eight inspect- 
ing school committee, and was also on the school commit- 
tee 1845-51, '57-61, October 13, 1862-March, 1863, Novem- 
ber 30, 1863-March, 1865, elected in 1865 for a three-year 
term and declined, '70-81, a total service of twenty -seven 
years, counting 1862 and 1863, assessor 1832, '33, '36, '45, 
'57-59, '61-74, ^^^ chairman of the assessors '61-64, '68-74, 
making a service of twenty-one years, selectman April i, 1833 
(succeeding his brother William, who resigned), '42, '43, 
'46-49, town clerk from August 19, 1850-April, 1881, town 
treasurer from May, 1859-April, 1881, representative of the 
town in the General Court in 1834 ^^^ ^^ the district in 1861. 

Mr. Flagg was also town clerk of Wellesley 1 881 -March, 
1888. For many years he was a justice of the peace. He 
taught school thirty-eight years in Needham, Dover, Natick 
and Sherborn. In his youth he beat the drum for musters 
and on other occasions, as his father had done, and for fifty 

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years he led the choir of the church in the West Precinct. 
Mr. Flagg was often called upon to sing on public occasions, 
and the writer remembers hearing him sing ** Perry's Vic- 
tory." He was also prominent in the Sunday School, and 
was treasurer of the West Precinct April 13, 1837-March 11, 
1 86 1, clerk of the church May 31, 1842-October 6, 1842, and 
of the Wellesley Congregational Society December 19, 1864- 
April 15, 1889. He was one of the West Precinct committee 
1836, '47-52, '61, assessor, when apparently there was no 
committee, 1862-65, moderator of the precinct meetings 1847, 

'53, '57, '59. 

There are very few records of public service equal to Mr. 

Flagg's, either in Needham or elsewhere. 

For a sketch of his life and a portrait see the History of 
Norfolk County, p. 489. There is also a brief account of him 
in " One of a Thousand," 1890. For length of service in town 
affairs his only rival appears to be Captain Robert Cook, of 
whom I will now give some account. 

On January i, 1 700/1, the selectmen of Dedham consented 
to the purchase by Robert "Cooke " of Dorchester of 40 acres 
of land "granted to William Nahaton neer the vper falls." 
The surname of this Indian is spelled in eight different ways 
in the Dedham town records 1680-84. 

Captain Cook was a petitioner for the incorporation of the 
town 1710, selectman 1711-15, '18-21, '23, '24, '27-31, '34, 
'35, '37, '39~47 (twenty-eight years), assessor twenty-five 
years when the selectmen were also assessors, and in 1733, 
'38 (in all twenty-seven years). No assessors were chosen 
in 171 1, and there was a separate board in 1741 and '42. He 
was representative to the General Court in 171 2, the first from 
Needham, also in '26, '39, town treasurer 1712, '16, '18, '33- 
35, '39-45 (thirteen years). 

On May 21, 1714, "Leui"*" Robert Cook was chosen mod- 
erator, the first recorded choice of a moderator in Needham ; 
he was again moderator March 6, 17 16, the second time that 
an election of this official is noted in the town records, and 


126 Woodlawn Cemetery 

also at subsequent meetings. The moderator was chosen 
" by paper Vots " as early as 1720. For gravestone of his 
wife see Need. Ephs., p. 5. 

The Rev. Mr. Oaks, who preached in Needham for a few 
months following the incorporation of the town, stayed at 
the house of Ensign Cook. 

Capt. Robert had five children whose births are recorded 
in Dedham, and three whose births are recorded in Need- 

On November 20, 1721, Capt. Robert Cook, Jeremiah 
Woodcock and Joseph Boyden were chosen custodians of 
" Eaight Score pounds," received by an act of the Great and 
General Court. These "Truftees" were under bonds, and 
the fund, which was applied to the "use of the Town & 
School," was expected to yield 5%. On January 28, 1722/3, 
Thomas Metcalf and Josiah Kingsbury, the town treasurer, 
were appointed to loan for interest the income of this fund, 
and ;£s which were received by the selectmen on February 
27, 1722/3, from John Gay of Dedham and Joseph Boyden of 
Needham, executors of the will of " Sam**^ Aldrig Late of this 
Town," who gave the £,^ for the maintenance of a school. 

On May 16, 1726, the town considered propositions "to 
Grant Such Sums of Money for the Releft of the pore & for 
the Majntance of a School & for the Buildi,'g a School 
houfe." Stephen Bacon was to receive the money " Belong- 
ing to the Weft End of the Town for thare benefit of a school 
for the yeare 1725." 

On May 17, 1727, two petitions were before the town ; the 
first, dated May 13, was signed by eleven citizens and was 
as follows : " To the Town of Needham Now Affembled in 
Town Meetting in as Much as the Wefterly inhabobats of 
this Town have som time fince bin at the Charg in purchafing 
& Moveing a Houfe to Keep Chool in for to Teach our 
Children to Reid and Wight [the latter word blotted] we 
therefore thinck it vay proper if the Town fhall fee Meet to 
Eftablifh a place for fd houfe Neare the place where it Now 

WellesUy 127 

ftandeth." The town favored a definite place for the build- 
ing provided the petitioners would pay for the necessary 

The other petition was signed by Ebenezer Ware and 
twenty-six others, and requested the town to build a school 
house "Neare the Houfes of Cap* John Fishers or father 
Millis." The vote was in the affirmative, but nothing further 
was done at this meeting. As the petitioners asked that the 
school house should be "att the Meetting Houfe," it would 
seem that Capt. Fisher then lived in its vicinity. The ques- 
tion of building a "chool houfe or houfen" was before the 
town at its meeting March 20, 1726/7, but no action was 

In the town report for 1867 is an account of the "School 
Land" given by Mr. Timothy Dwight of Dedham. This 
land is said to have been conveyed to the town by Henry and 
Seth Dwight after their father's decease, the latter having 
failed to execute his intended deed of gift. 

On May 20, 1728, the town voted to "Difalow the Schoole 
House that was Granted for the westerly Inhabitance." 
There was much consideration of the school question at this 
period, and it was difficult to provide instruction for the 
children of the scattered inhabitants. 

There was a petition, May 6, 1728, signed by Josiah Kings- 
bery and twenty-four other men living in the west part of 
the town, and a pledge to pay '• Mt William Chub" if he would 
build a school house between the houses of Nathaniel Bullard 
and Henry Pratt. On June 24, 1728, John Smith, Henry Pratt 
and Robert Fuller were chosen by the subscribers as asses- 
sors to apportion the expense. William Chub was their col- 

On March i, 1731/2, the petition "of the Mod Eafterly or 
South Eafterly Inhabitants of the faid Town of Needham " 
was granted, and the town approved of the location which 
the petitioners, thirty in number, had obtained for a school 
house. The map of Metropolitan Boston, George H. Walker 

128 IVoodlawn Cemetery 

& Co., 18989 indicates the site of a school house in 1726 on 
or near the spot where is now the Shaw school at Wellesley 
Hills. The town records are rather meagre as to the school 
bouses^ and at certain periods the manuscript is hard to 

''Gemima" Littlefield was a schoolmistress in Needham 
in 1730 and '31, and John Smith taught in 1731 and earlier. 
A complete account of the early schools and teachers would 
fill many pages. 

The school terms in the last century were short, seldom 
more than two or three months. 

There were two men named Robert Cook assessed in 
Needham 1724 — . On September 10, 1730, Robert Cook was 
appointed schoolmaster and was to receive ^£4. This was 
probably Robert^ Jr.^ who was assessed in that year. 

Edward was a petitioner for the incorporation of the town 
in 1 7 10. (Need. Ephs., p. i.) 

Eliakim was town clerk 1745, '50, '51, assessor 1749, 'si, 
'59, selectman 1750, '51, '59, '66. 

Eliakim^ bapt. Dec. 22, 1745, d. Mar. 5, 1808, was a cor- 
poral in the East Company April 19, 1775, and Ensign Eliakim 
was on the standing committee of the First Parish 1778, '79. 
Ensign Eliakim was b. March 22, 171 1, and d. Aug. 2, 1801, 
aged 91. His grave is probably one of the hundreds of un- 
marked graves in the old yard on Nehoiden street in Need- 

To return to the Flagg family whose names appear upon 
the monument. 

Eliza H., wife of Solomon Flagg, was 73 yrs., 2 mos., 14 
dys., at her decease, and was b. in Keene, N. H., dau. of Ben- 
jamin and Sarah (Brown) Hall, m. Solomon Flagg, Jr., and 
had three children whose births are recorded in Needham. 

Charles Henry was b. April 7, 1828 ; he was killed by an 
accident. (See stone in old yard, number 204.) 

Charles Gay was b. July 23, 1834, bapt. July 3, 1836 (West 
Ch. Rec), son of 305 and 306. 

Welles ley 1 29 

William S. was b. June 30, 1856, son of Charles Gay (308) 
and Ophenia E. Flagg. She d. May 10, 1895. 

Solomon (310) was b. in Needham, Feb. 13, 1774, son of 
Solomon and Lydia (Ware) Flagg, who were m. Sept. 4, 1766, 
by Rev. Samuel West. (T. and Ch. Recs.) The births of 
three of their children are recorded in Needham. 

Sergeant Solomon, the father of 310, was of Weston at the 
time of his marriage, but saw much service in the Revolution 
as a soldier from Needham. On April 19, 1775, he was in the 
West Company. He died May 4, 1805, aged 63. (T. Rec.) 
One of his descendants states that he was b. in Weston, 
Mar. 6, 1733, d. May 4, 1806. All the Flaggs in this vicinity 
appear to be descended from Thomas Flagg, an early settler 
of Watertown. 

Solomon (310) kept tavern in a house still standing at the 
corner of Washington and Church streets, where his son 
Solomon lived for many years. 

Solomon (310) was surveyor of wood 1806-24, '26, '27 
(called measurers of wood 1821-29), surveyor of highways 
i8o9-ii,'i8, West district school committee 1810, '12, '15, '16, 
'19, prudential school committee 1819, assessor 1812-15, sealer 
of bread 1814, '15, '23, '25, town clerk 1816, '17, '22, elected 
in 1820 and declined, hogreave 1820, sealer of leather 1822. 

Esther (Brown) was 92 yrs. and 16 dys., bapt. by the Rev. 
Samuel West, Aug. 28, 1774, dau. of 51 and 52, m. Solomon 
Flagg of Boston, Dec. 22, 1801. According to the West 
Church records Mr. Flagg d. Feb. 75, 1837. 

312-313 (Bas-relief of fern, rose, and lilies of the valley.) 



CAROLINE E. | DIED JAN. 5, 1849, I ^- »5 YRS. 8 MOS. 

EDWARD F. I DIED JULY 25, 1840, | M. 3 DYS. 


Caroline Elizabeth was b. Apr. 29, 1833 (T. Rec), bapt. 
July 2, 1837. (West Ch. Rec.) 

130 Woodlawn Cemetery 

Isaac Flaggwas b. Mar. 20, 1806, bapt. Apr. 9, ''at his 
houfe the child being dangerously sick" (West Ch. Rec.), 
son of Elisha and Rhoda (Smith) Flagg» who were m. in 
Needham» Apr. i8» 1797, by the Rev. Stephen Palmer (Ch. 
Rec), and had thirteen children. (T, Rec.) 

Isaac was a musician and played the fife. He was on the 
West Precinct committee 1844, '45, '53-58, '61, '66, precinct 
assessor, when there apparently was no committee, 1867-69. 

He was treasurer of the West Church March 11, 1857- 
January 21, 1874. 

He d. in Wellesley, Mar. 27, 1895, aged 89 yrs., 7 dys., and 
his wife Angeline, or Angelina, d. Jan. 18, 1887, aged jj yrs. 
She is said to have been dau. of 282 and 283. 

The intention of marriage of Isaac Flagg and Angelina 
Fuller was recorded Mar. ii, 1832. (T. Rec.) 

314-3ieb (Front.) 

ELMIRA C. I Wife of Eben Flagg, | Died March 7th, 1863,! 

i£t. 48 y'rs. 

EMILY A. M. I Wife of Cha's Faulwassen, | & Daughter of | 

Eben & Elmira Flagg, | Died Oct. 2d, i8d2, | ISx. 2d y'rs. 


CHARLES W. I Son of Eben & Elmira Flagg, | Died Jan. 2d, 

i860. I iEt. 10 m's. 
EBEN FLAGG. | 1808. 1893. | EMILY M. FLAGG. | 1874. 1897. 

Eben, called Ebenezer in the town record of births, was b. 
May 19, 1808, son of Elisha and Rhoda (Smith) Flagg. 
Eben, son of Elisha, was bapt. June 26, 1808. (West Ch. 

He was perhaps the most talented of a very musical family, 
was a noted bandmaster, and played the bugle, cornet and 
clarionet. The Flaggs of West Needham and the Manns of 
East Needham were excellent musicians, and the Fries 
brothers, Henry, August and Wulf, contributed to give the 
town a reputation as the residence of some exceptionally 

Welles ley \ 3 1 

accomplished performers. Henry D. C Fries had his home 
in Needham in the fifties, and his brothers were often there. 
The three brothers, Moses, William Willard and Joel Rich- 
ards Mann were well known, and Willard as a clarionet 
player had few equals anywhere. They were sons of Lieut. 
Col. Moses Mann who was an old-time church chorister. 

Eben Flagg d. in Wellesley, Apr. 30, 1893, aged 84 yrs., 
II mos. His son Edward H. is a member of the Sons of 
the American Revolution in right of his ancestor Sergeant 
Solomon Flagg. 

Elmira, called Almira C. in the town record of deaths, was 
aged 47 yrs., 10 mos., 23 dys., dau. of Josiah and Hannah 
Haskell, and was b. in Thomaston, Me. 

317 (Leaves.) 

CLARISSA HUNTING, | Feb. 19, 1831,— Oct. 22, 1844. 

The names of her parents and brother Willard, who was a 
soldier in the Civil War and d. while a prisoner of war at 
Salisbury, N. C, are on this stone. 

Clarissa Holt, dau. of Israel, Jr., and Rebecca Hunting, 
was bapt. May 15, 1831. (West Ch. Rec.) 

(West face of a monument.) 
There are eight small stones in the lot, viz : 

318 L. KINGSBURY | 1 785-1858. 

Luther was b. Nov. 27, 1785, d. Mar. 10, 1858, son of 
Joseph and Mary (Eaton) Kingsbury and brother of 60. 

Luther's son Dexter ^z,% auditor 1868, selectman 1869, '70, 
*72, tax collector 1869-81, assessor 1877-80, and held various 
other town offices. He was selectman of Wellesley for some 
years, and filled other positions in the new town. 

Dexter*s son Frederick Horace has been town clerk of 
Wellesley since March, 1888, and is the tax collector. Dex- 
ter is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

132 Wooiilawu Can day 

319 MYRA, WIFE OF | L. KINGSBURY | 179S-1S79. 

Almira was b. in Natick» dau. of William and Deborah 
(Stearns) Morse. She d. Jan. 14, 1879, aged 83 yrs., 2 mos., 
II dys. (T. Rec.) 

320 E. K. I 1827-1831 

Ellis was b. May 23, 1827, d. Jan. 7, 1831, son of 318 and 


321 F. K. I 1833-1833 

Frederic was b. May 12, 1833, d. Aug. 27, 1833, son of 318 
and 319. 

322 M. K. I 1840-1842 

Malvina was b. Mar. 30, 1840, d. July 14, 1842, dau. of 318 
and 319. 

323 H. E. KINGSBURY | 1831-1862. 

Hamilton Ellis was b. Mar. 28, 183 1, d. Oct. 5, 1862, son 
of 318 and 319. On Nov. i, 1835, Sophronia, Lewis Henry, 
Hamilton Ellis and Caroline, children of Luther Kingsbury, 
were bapt. (West Ch. Rec.) 

324 SOPHIA A. WIFE OF | H. E. KINGSBURY, | 1835-1874. 

Sophia Abbie d. Sept. 3, 1874, aged 39 yrs., 7 mos., 17 dys., 
and was b. in Boston, dau. of Daniel and Mary (Parker) 
Grant. The intention of marriage of 323 and 324 was re- 
corded June 28, 1855. (T. Rec.) Sophia m. secondly, Apr. 
7, 1864, Joseph Haven Dewing, b. in Charlestown, July 14, 
1831, d. 1890, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, son of 
Seth and Olive (Haven) Dewing. Joseph H. was a sergeant 
in Company C, 43d Regiment Mass. Vols., in the Civil War, 
and selectman 1878- April, 1881, later assessor in Wellesley, 
treasurer of the Wellesley Congregational Society April 17, 
1882-April 16, 1883. 

Daniel Grant, who d. in Wellesley, Jan. 12, 1899, ^S^^ ^^ 
yrs., 6 mos., was selectman in 1844. 

Welles ley 133 

324a L. H. KINGSBURY | 1829-1876. 

Lewis Henry was b. Apr. 21, 1829, d. May 3, 1876, son of 
318 and 319. He was a soldier in the Civil War. 

325 (Rose.) 

WILLIAM H. KINGSBURY, | Died | in the service of his | 
country, at | Beaufort, N. C. | Mar. ist, 1863, I -^t* 20 y'rs 

8 mo's. 

William Hooper was b. July 3, 1842, son of William Dera- 
ing and Eliza (Reynolds) Kingsbury, who were m. Dec. i, 
1839 (int. Nov. 2). William H. served in Company C, 43d 
Regiment Mass. Vols. 

On April 21, 1799, William Deming son of Moses and 
Lucy Kingsbury was bapt. (West Ch. Rec.) 

326 . (Back.) 

EDWARD W. I son of | Daniel & M. Jane | Morse, | Died Aug. 

17, 1859, I Mt, 9 y'rs. 4 mo's, | 21 days. 

Edward Warren was b. Mar. 26, 1850. Daniel Morse, Jr., 
m. Apr. 13, 1837 (int. Mar. 25), Mehitable Jane Fuller, and 
they are buried in this lot, where are the graves of two 
infants, probably their grand-children. Daniel was on the 
West Precinct committee 1837-42, '51, '59, '60, '^, modera- 
tor of its meetings 1851, '55, treasurer of the West Church 
January 26, 1853-March 1 1, 1857, deacon April 10, 1861- 
February 26, 1870, precinct assessor 1867-69, town assessor 
i860. He is called "Jr." for some years in the records. 
Daniel, presumably the elder, was on the West Precinct com- 
mittee 1834, and Lieut. David 1805-15, moderator of its 
meetings in 1802, '05, '06, '11, '13, *I4. Morse's Pond is a 
beautiful sheet of water, west of Lake Waban, and connected 
with it by a brook. Bull.ird's (Waban) Brook runs into 
Charles River. The area of Morse's Pond is 38 acres accord- 
ing to a public document, but a survey is now in progress, at 
the expense of the town of Wellesley, and one of the sur- 
veyors states that a rough plan of Morse's Pond shows an 
area of only 27 acres. 

134 WoodiaivH Cemetery 

327-331 S 

(East face of a monument.) 

ALBERT SMITH | i8 10-1842 




(South face.) 

EUNICE SMITH | 1786-1861 
SUSAN M. SMITH | 1836-1867 

(West face.) 


For an account of Albert see 106 (gravestone). 
Emily was b. Nov. i, 18 12, dau. of 318 and 319. 
For Eunice see 107 (gravestone). 

Susan Maria was b. Feb. 16, 1835, dau. of 327 and 328. 
She was bapt. June 7, 1835. (West Ch. Rec.) 

332 My htmie is yoftder, 

(Wreath enclosing a right hand with the forefinger pointing to a star.) 

JOHN TENNEY | DIED | Dec. 2, 1854, | Mi, 45 yrs. 6 mos. 

He rests in hope. 

He was b. in Groton, N. H., son of Benjamin and Betsey 


J. VALENTINE TENNEY, | died | Mar. 14, i860, | aged 22 yrs. 

6 ms. 4 dys. 

EMILY P. TENNEY, | died | Oct. isj 1865, | aged 26 yrs. 

I m?. 21 dys. 

J. Valentine was b. in Rumney, N. H., son of 332 and 
Philena. Emily P. was 25 yrs., i mo., 20 dys., and was b. in 
Boston, dau. of 332 and Philena. (T. Rec.) 

We lie 5 ley 135 

335 CHARLES A. | son of | Royal A. & | Belinda Townsend, | 

died July 14, 1849. | aged 12 years. 

Mrs. Linda Townsend was admitted to the West Church 
September 7, 1862, and had been dismissed for that purpose 
from the Second Presbyterian Church of Wolcott, N. Y. 


ELIZABETH D. WINCH | Died Aug. 4, 1885 | Aged 79 years | 

S months 28 days | formerly the wife of | SAMUEL WARE | 

of Bangor Me. | who died May 28, 1843 I Aged 39 years | 

1 1 months 6 days 

Samuel was b. June 22, 1803, son of Luther and 122, m. 
Mar. 27, 1825 (int. Mar. 25), Elizabeth Drewry Smith, who 
was b. Feb. 7, 1806, dau. of Luther and Hannah Smith. 


Sacred | to the memory of \ ELIZABETH R, WARE | who died 

Aug. I, 1847. I Aged 21 yrl 

erected as a token of respectful and | affectionate remembrance by her | 

youthful friends. 

Peace to thy spirit youthfiil maideth 
And peaceful be thy lowly rest^ 
With lovers pure offring we've come laden^ 
And with sad hearts by grief oppresid^ 

To rear this stone and place this willoWy 
Where angels guard thy sweet repose. 
And far above thy lowly pillow 
We now have cotne to plant the rose. 

Oft as the tree bears fruit in heaven. 
May it here bloom to tell of thee. 
The stone so pure, so spotless even. 
The blushing rose thine emblem be. 

She was b. in Needham, dau. of 336 and 337. 

The stones in memory of these Wares were doubtless 
formerly in the old graveyard. It will be noticed that there 
are modern monuments in Woodlawn Cemetery on which are 
inscribed names of persons who died long ago. 

136 Woodlaiun Cemetery 

339 (East face of a monument.) 




Sarah F. was b. Oct. 13, 1836. 

Reuel Ware, brother of 114, 121, and of Capt. Reuben 
Ware, was b. Sept. 24, 1794, presented for baptism by his 
mother May 7, 1797, d. Aug. 15, 1882. He was surveyor 
of highways 1820, '24, '25, hogreave 1825-27, one of the in- 
specting school committee 1830, selectman 1836-38, pruden- 
tial school committee 1840. 

In 1825 Capt. "Ruel" Ware was on the committee of ten 
to consider the division of the town. He was treasurer of 
the West Church August 5, 1833-January 19, 1848, on the 
West Precinct committee 1835-37, '44» '4S» moderator of a 
meeting of the precinct 1844, ^"^ was one of the first dea- 
cons of the church organized at Grant ville, February 24, 1847. 

He m. May 20, 1824 (int. Apr. 17), Hannah dau. of Royal 
and Elizabeth (Dewing) Mcintosh. (Need. Ephs., p. 30.) She 
d. May i, 1875, aged yj. The names of Dea. Reuel Ware 
and his wife are on the north face of this monument. 

On p. 64 is the statement that C^pt. Reuben Ware was 
buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, but it is apparently incorrect. 

340-341 (North face of a monument.) 

IN MEMORIAM | Capt. JOHN WHITE | 1815-1854. 


(South face.) 
JULIET I 1846-1847. 

There are other names on this monument, which is a new 

Juliet was dau. of John and Julie White. 




IN October and November, 1897, I copied all the inscrip- 
tions in this graveyard of an earlier date than JS46, or 
that related to persons born prior to 1800. Many citizens 
of Needham were buried here. For biographical items I 
acknowledge indebtedness to the writings of Mr. Horace 
Mann of Natick. In the last century the town of Needham 
extended nearly to Lake Cochituate, but in 1797 "The Leg," 
which included 1656 acres of land, was annexed to Natick, 
and 404i acres and also Bullard's Pond, now Lake Waban, 
were taken from Natick and given to Needham. For a list 
of men thus made citizens of Needham see the Laws and 
Resolves for 1797, chapter 22. 

I have thought it best to print all the older epitaphs in 
this graveyard, although here are buried a considerable num- 
ber of persons never identified with Needham, From Wil- 
liam Bigelow's sketch of Natick, which gives an interesting 
account of the old burial places, including those of the 
Indians, i learn that in 1830 there were forty-three grave- 
stones in the North Burying Ground. 
342 (W'illow and am.) 

ELIZABETH, | wife of \ Jonathan Dunn, \ died | Aug. 14, 1841. | 
Mt. 85. 

138 The Old Graveyard 

343 (WUlow and urn.) 

IN I Memory of | Mr.Jona^ Dunn | who died | Sept. 18, 1824: | 

iEt. 78. 

He lived at " Needham End/' and April 19, 1775, was a 
private in Capt. Aaron Smith's company. There is a bronze 
S. A. R. marker on his grave. 

Horace Mann's article in the Needham Recorder for Au- 
gust 31, 1895, contains some information as to the Dunns. 

344 In I memory of | Mr Lot Dun who died | Oct' 24!^ 1794 

i£tatis 24. 

Move JwiJUy on ye wheels of time, 
Let nature /peed away ; 
Faft as you bring the night of death 
Ye bring eternal day, 

346 ANN DUNN | BORN | SEPT. 12, 1799. | DIED NOV. 2, 


346 BETSEY DUNN | BORN | APRIL 20, 1787, | DIED 

FEB. 20, 1869. 

347 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of | Mr, Jon^. Dunn j£. | who died \ 

May 13, 1817 : | iEt. 37. 

My tender Wife don*t mourn for me, 
Tis here my earthly sorrows end; 
Prepare yourself in youthfull day. 
In silence here to meet your friend. 

348 (Cherab's head and wings.) 

In memory of | Captain William Paris | who died May 5'^ 1789 : | 

aged 88 years. 

Prepare me Lord for thy right hand. 
Then come the joyful day. 
Come death &* fome CelefHal band. 
And bear my Soul away. 

This Stone is in the wall close to the sidewalk. 

North Natick 139 

He was a captain-lieutenant in Shirley's regiment in 1745, 
and saw service in 1749 ^"^ 1759' Retired as a half pay 
oflScer, he lived for a time at West Cambridge, and then 
removed to "Needham Leg" where he held the office of 
justice of the peace. During the Revolution he was an 
object of suspicion, and is said to have replied to the Natick 
committee of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety, ** I will 
not give anything against my Country and my King." The 
Needham Recorder for August 24, 1895, contains a brief 
account of his negro slaves, written by Mr. Mann. Capt. 
Faris was a staunch Episcopalian. The house in which he 
lived, built in 1 761, is now owned by Henry Rose. 

Capt. Faris had a son William who was a selectman of 
Needham 1796, '97 (two years), and was later prominent in 
Natick. In 1791 and '96 William Farris was on the com- 
mittee of the West Precinct. Farris is the form of spelling 
now in use. 

349 (Cherub's head and wings.) 

In memory of | M" Jane Cope | who departed this life | DecL 26*** 

178 1 : in the 71^ | year of her age 

Here mixt with Earthy her ajhes mufi remain^ 
THl death Jhall die^ and mortals rife again. 

This Stone is in the wall next to that of Capt. Faris. 

She was the dau. of Pettishall of Boston, and widow 

of Brigadier General Sir Henry Cope, who had been lieuten- 
ant colonel of the five hundred Massachusetts men in the 
Havana expedition, and was killed at the siege of Carthagena 
in 1745. She had the pension of a brigadier general's widow. 

350 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | MISS BETCY DRURY, | daughter of Samuel & 
Elizabeth | who died April 29. 1792. M\ 2 | Years and 9 Mon. 

Weep not dear friends dry up yonr tears^ 
I must lie here till CHRIST appears. 

140 The Old Graifeyard 

351 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | MISS NANCY DRURY, | daughter of Samuel & 
£liza I beth Drury, who died Oct/ | 19, iSio, M\ 19 Years 

& 8 Mon. 

Lofig time I maur*d with pain opprest. 
Till /ESUS did me call: 
To come to his eternal rest. 
Which makes amends for all, 

352 (Willow and um.) 

In Memory of | M« SAMUEL DRURY | who died Jany 22, 1805,] 

JE,\ 47 Years. 

When you do read these lines^ 

I hope you will bear it in your minds; 

How instantly that I did die: 

And went into ETERNITY, 

The Drurys were residents of "The Leg." In ijyi Joseph 
was killed by a fall of a temporary building at his coal pits. 
He was b. in Sudbury, Dec. 19, 1720, son of Caleb and Eliza- 
beth (Eames) Drury, removed to Natick (Temple's History 
of Framingham), and in 1745 remodelled the house, raised 
August 9, 1738, which he had bought with the Isaac Under- 
wood farm. This house is now, or was recently, owned by 
Deacon W. A. Wight. 

The antipedobaptists used to meet at Joseph Drury's. 
His son Ephtaim graduated at Harvard College in 1776, 
studied medicine, and d. in 1778. Joseph, of this family, was 
a corporal in Capt. Aaron Smith's company April 19, 1775. 
Between 1745 and 1855 four of the Drurys served as select- 
men of Natick, and one, Capt. Asa, was a member of the 
first school committee elected in that town, which was in 
the year 1797. 

353 (Willow and urn.) 

Mrs. ELIZABETH, | wife of | Samuel Drury, | died | Nov. 18, 

1835, I ^t. 83. 

North Natick 141 


(Cherub's head and wings.) 

In Memory of | Mr. MOSES FISK | who died i^Ir^^ | y« 18*^ 1770,1 

-/Etatis I 57. 

He was b. in Sherborn, Jan. 29, 1713, son of Nathaniel and 
Hannah (Adams) Fisk. Removed from Needham to Natick, 
but is said to have died in Needham. He was a warden in 
Needham in 1764, and was later prominent in Natick; select- 
man, etc., there. 


(Cherub's head and wings.) 

In Memory of | Mrs MEHETABLE FISK | y Wife of\ Mr 
MOSES FISK I (he died Feby \z^\ \ 1773, | iEtatis | 53. 

She was b. Apr. 6, 1720, dau. of Hezekiah and Abigail 
Broad, m. Moses Fisk Apr. 11, 1745. (Need. T. Rec.) 

366 HEZEKIAH ; | Son of M^ Moses \&» Mr^.\ MEHETA-- 
BLE I FISK, I died Aug* 24th, | 1757, Aged 8 | Months & 

18 Day. 

367 In I memory of | M?« Sarah Fiflc, | Wife of M^ Mofes Fifk;\ 

who died January 20-1800 : | Miziis 55. 

Friend quit this Stone dr» look above the Jkies. 
The duft lies here but virtue never dies. 

She is said to have been a widow Stone when she m. Moses 

368 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | Mr Moses Fisk, | who died Oct. 2, 1810 : | Mx.. 65, 

Death like a tyrant bore me down^ 
I was with pain opprest. 
Prepare for death while you have time^ 
And be forever blest. 

He was b. in Natick, 1746, son of 354 and 355. Moses was 
a warden in Needham 1772, '73 (two years), "Done a turn" 


142 The Old Graveyard 

in the army and received £7 for his services from Needham. 
(T. Rec, Vol. Ill, p. 155.) There is an S. A. R. marker on 
his grave. He was highway surveyor 1776, '87, '89, '92, 
fence viewer 1784, assessor 1787, selectman 1789. 

In 1780 he was on a committee "to Confider the Conftitu- 
tion of Government," and in 1792 one of six "to join with 
the Selectmen to provide Hofpitals and regulate the Same." 
In 1794 and '95 he was on a committee to provide teachers, 
West End district, and also district school committee 1791- 
94, '97. In 1794 he was on the committee in reference to 
" an allowance being made to those men that are Drafted as 
minute men," and in 1795 on that "to Build new School 
house where they are needed." In 1796 he was on a similar 
committee and also on one " to afsertain what each Proprie- 
tors right is in the School Houses," representing " Needham 
End." He is said in Temple's History of Framingham to have 
lived there at one time. The births of four of his children 
are recorded in Needham. The Morse house in Natick, now 
owned by Elbridge Leland, was built in 1708, and was once 
the home of Moses Fisk. When the territory in which he 
lived was annexed to Natick in 1797 he became a leading 
citizen of that town. 

359 (Wreath and clover leaves.) 

In I Memory of | Cap*. Joftiua Fifk, | who departed this life | March 

27, 1796 I Aged 48. 

He was b. in Natick, son of 354 and 355. There is an S. 
A. R. marker on his grave. He lived in Natick, and was 
selectman, etc., there. He was in office in 1778. 

360 • (Wreath and trefoil.) 

In Memory of | Mrs, Martha Fisk, | wife of Cqp{ Jofhua Fifk^ \ 

who died April i, 1796 | Aged 45. 

For both their Parents dead the orphans tnotirn 
With anguijh keen the filial breajl is torn; 
Yet at this thought let peace <Sr» comfort rife^ 
They* II meet in realms of blifs above the Ikies. 

North Natick 143 

Joshua Fisk and Martha Smith were m. Mar. 24, I774i 
both of Needham. (T. and Ch. Recs.) 

361 (Wreath and trefoil.) 

In Memor of | Hitty Fisk, | Daug^ of Cap^. Jofhua \ 6- Mrs 
Martha Fifk, \ who died T>ec\ 15, 1775 I Aged 7 months. 

See the dear youth juft enter d life 
Bud forth like flotvers in may 
Stay jufl long enough to feat our hearts. 
Then fmile and die away, 

862 (Wreath and trefoil.) 

In I Memory of | Hannah Fi(k, | Daugr of Cap* Jofhua \ 6- M""' 
Martha Fifky who \ died Nov 18, 1790 | Aged 4. 

For an account of her tragic death from a gun-shot see 
Bacon's History of Natick, which however gives the date as 

363 (Wreath and trefoil.) 

In Memory of | Martha Fifk | Daug^ of Cap* Jofhua 6* | Mrs 
Martha Fifk, \ who died Oct! 5, 1790 | Aged 10 

This stone is broken. 

364 (Wreath and trefoil.) 

In I Memory of | Olive Fi(k, | Daug^ of Cap* Jofhua \ 6- Mrs 
Martha Fifk, \ who died Sept! 22, 1790 | 3^agd 2. 

365 (Willow and urn.) 

SACRED I to the memory of | Mr. David Fisk, | who di«d at 

Quebec | Nov. 11, 1809, | M\, 24. 

A fatal malady thine eyelids closed 
In strangers earth thy body was reposed. 
Yet here we raise this monumental stone ^ 
To speak thy death where all thy life was 


It is said that he was b. in Natick, Mar. 8, 1785, son of 
359 and 360. 


144 T^ OU 


It is nid that he wasbu ii Kid^ Dec I9L I7i!7; a^ ^ M 
Beniit^Wi, SOB of 359 and 3601 


MR, I WHXIAM HAMMOND | died \mmt 16^ iSi6w | iBt 77. 

J wmMSe kin tia Orai 
And mi kit tmmimg, ktffe A» 
A g t m' imu risimg fiw m At 

There is an S. A. R. marker on his grave. He came to 
Natick in 1761. (H.Mann.) 

369 cwanwMd w».) 

Mrs.KEZIA, I wife of | WSliaa Hammond, | died Jmie 1, iSs6^ | 


O fetu^ml grmm^ ncnm tkis dm^. 
And keep it tUl tke gfmrimu dmj^^ 
Wk€M mtr Gnmd Master kids mrise^ 
And join tke imige m b moe tke skies. 

370 Look to Jesos. 

(Hand poindog npfward.) 

EDWARD HAMMOND | DIED June 12, 185 1, | Aged 83 fis. 

Game to tky peaceful rest^ 
Far tkee we need net weep. 

Nortk Natick 145 

He, or his son Edward^ was selectman of Natick, as was 
his son Thomas F, 

The Hammonds are a long-lived family. Edward, son of 

370 and 371, lived to be 92, their son Thomas F. to be 83, 
and their dau. Lydia b. in Natick, 1787, m. Jonathan Bacon 
and d. in Sudbury, aged 102 yrs., 3 mos., 27 dys. Two sisters 
of Mrs. Bacon were living a few years since and were very 
aged. See also 373. Another son, Johfty b. 1807, was a 
noted fifer, lived in Framingham, and d. there a few years 
since. There was an obituary notice of him by Horace 
Mann, which described his talents, published presumably in 
the "Natick Citizen." The clipping I have read, but there 
is nothing to indicate the paper. If Lydia (Hammond) Bacon 
was b. in 1787, and was dau. of 370 and 371, her parents were 
married very young. The particulars as to the Hammonds 
are from a letter of Mr. Mann. 


(IvihiH)!), hand exlendcd.) 

MRS. BEULAH, | wife of | Edward Hammond, | died Feb. 10, 

1846. I ^t. 78. 

Farcivcll loved Mother from care set free^ 
No more shall pain thy bosom s%vell^ 
Nor friendship fhro7V her arm around thee^ 
For thou art ,!,'ont' ; ^t;-oui.' home to dwell. 
Sleep Mother I would not awake thee. 
Or call thy spirit from its rest. 
For fesus called thee home to be, 
A ransomed one among the blest, 

Beulah Gay was dau. of 372. 

372 (Willow and urn.) 

Mrs lydia, | wife of Mr, \ Jeremiah Gay \ died | April 12, 1837,1 

aged 103 years. 

Robert and Dorothy Ware had a dau. Lydia b. in Need- 
ham, Sept. g, 1742 (Need. T. Rec), and according to the 
Ware Genealogy she m. in Fitchburg, Dec. 26, 1765, Jere- 

146 The Old Gravejumi 

miah Gay. If the Needham record refers to 372, she was 
in her 95th year in 1837. 

Mr. Mann wrote of her that her hair which had been white 
was returning to its original color, black, in her last years. 
She left many descendants, including two great-great-grand- 

373 RICHARD HAMMOND | DIED | Apr. 12, 1885, | ^. 

8j yrs, 8 mos. 

He was son of 370 and 371. 

374 M ARCY W. | wife of | Richard Hammond, | died | Aug. 30, 

1868, I i£t. 71. 

Dear Mother ^one io loorld on hi^h^ 
Wh€r< saints are blessed above the sky^ 
To dwell with Jesus^ that dear friend, 

376 HENRY, | Son of Richard & Marcy | HAMMOND | died 

Apr. II, 1840, I J£x, 3 ys. 4 ds. 

376 (Skull uiul wings.) 

Here lies y« Body of | Isaac Bacon son of | M"^ Henry & M» 
Hannah | Bacon died march 7^** | 1769 Aged 3 Years.] 

ten months & 7 Days. 

Our life is ever on the wing 
and Death is ever nigh 
the moment when our lives l)egin 
we all begin to Die. 

Henry Bacon's house, now owned by Mr. Leadbetter, was 
built in 1755, and he d. at Natick in 18 11, aged 88 yrs. (H. 
Mann.) In 1759 Henry ^ Daniel and Stephen^ Jr.^ were re- 
quired to furnish substitutes for the war or pay £,% £,^ and 
£^ respectively. They paid the money. (Need. T. Rec.) 

These Bacons were Needham people until "The Leg" was 
annexed to Natick in 1797. Oliver^ Asa 2SiAJohn (apparently 
not identical with Capt. John) lived in the territory given to 
Needham and taken from Natick in 1797. 

North Natick i47 

Sfcphcns house, built in 1705, is, or was recently, owned 
by Madison Loring. Stephen, Jr., d. at Digby, Nova Scotia, 
in 1804, aged 91 yrs., and in 1879 ^^o of his sons were 
living aged 89 and 92 respectively. (H. Mann.) For ser- 
vice of Stephen, Jr., in the Revolution see Mass. S. and S. 
in Rev. For accounts of the Bacon family see Horace 
Mann's articles, some of them signed "Quincy," in the 
Needham Recorder for August 24 and 31, 1895, April 18 
and 25, 1896. 

377 (Two blades of wheat crossed.) 

Mrs I ZERUIAH BACON | died | Oct. 24, 1839, | Mt. 91. 

She was dau. of Joseph and Lydia (Fuller) Drury, m. in 
Needham, Nov. 27, 1766 (T. and Ch. Recs.), John Bacon, Jr., 
but was obliged to support herself, which she did until 1835 
by carrying produce on horseback to Boston and selling it 
to well-to-do families there. 

Lydia Fuller, mother of Mrs. Bacon, was b. on the old 
Fuller homestead in Newton, formerly owned by Brigadier 
General William Hull, U. S. A., and now by the Honorable 
William Claflin. She m. firstly, Ephraim Willard, who was 
a trumpeter in Prescott's company and was killed at the 
attempted landing at the Isle of Teneriffe, July 29, 1741. 
Mr. Willard was a blacksmith, and removed from Newton 
Lower Falls to Attleborough, where four of their children 
were born. 

The widow, Lydia (Fuller), was a teacher in Sherborn, re- 
moved to ** Needham Leg" in 1756 and taught school there 
and in Natick. She m. Joseph Drury in 1744, but continued 
a noted "school dame." She was a devout Baptist, and d. 
in Marlborough in 1796. Horace Mann had a needle-book 
made by Mrs. Willard while she was a widow residing in 

At the east side of the grave of 377 is a bronze S. A. R. 
marker, presumably placed there in memory of her husband, 

148 The Old Grwocyard 

Q2c^\.,John Bacon, who saw much service in the Revolution, 
but is said to have d. in Vermont, in 1835, aged 90. 

He was son of Lieut. John and Abigail (Sawin) Bacon. 
Abigail was b. in Sherborn, 1724, and was dau. of Lieut. 
John and Joanna (Lyon) Sawin. 

Capt. John was on the committee December 27, 1780, "to 
hire the men that are Now Called for," and January, 1781, 
he was on a similar committee. In May, 1780, he was on 
the committee " to Confider the Conftitution of Government." 
He was moderator of no less than fourteen meetings of the 
West Precinct 1791-97^ 

For his military service see Year-book S. A. R., 1897. 

Submit, dau. of Capt. John and 377, was accidentally 
burned to death at Natick, 1863, aged 93 years. 

378 SACRED | to the memory of | M? JONATHAN BACON, | 

who died February 17, 1844; | aged 84 years. 

Prepare for death 6r* folUnu me. 

There is an S. A. R. marker on his grave. For his mili- 
tary service see Mass. S. and S. in Rev. He is said to have 
been son of Lieut. John Bacon. (See 377.) 

On May 9, 1796, he was chosen to represent his school 
district on two committees, viz., "for building & repairing 
School Houses," and "to afsertain what each Proprietors 
right is in the School Houses." He was one of the West 
End district school committee 1797, and Jonathan, Jr., was a 
surveyor of highways that year. 

379 SACRED | To the memory of | MITT A, | wife of\ Jona- 
than Bacon, | Born July 19, 1771, | Died Jan. 20, 1865. 

" Watch ; for ye hnoiu not what hoiir 
your Lord doth come.*^ 

Jonathan Bacon and Submit Bacon were m. in Needham, 
Dec. 25, 1788. 

North Natick 149 

380 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of\ Mr. AM ASA BACON, | who died | May 3, 1834, I 

-^t. 69. 

381 JOHN BACON. | Born Nov. 14, 1789, | Died Oct. 8, 1851. 

" As 7ve have borne the image of 
the earthly^ we shall also bear 
the image of the heavenly.^'* 

He was b. in Needham, son of 378 and 379. 

381a LUCY SAWIN, | wife of | JOHN BACON, | Born Mar. 

6, 1 79 1. I Died Apr. i, 1865. 

Looking tinto fesits the author 
and finisher of our faith, 

382 George Ashley | son of John & | Lucy S. Bacon, | died 

April 8, 1840, I aged 5 years. 

383 LUCY ANN, | daughter of | John & Lucy S. Bacon, | died 

Feb. fi, 1847, I aged 27 years. 

** />V ye a/so reat/y.^* 

384 EBENEZER BACON, | DIED | Sept. 27, 1847, I aged 67 


Farewell my bosom friend. 

385 MARY BACON | died | April 22, 1872, | iEt. 85. 

Thou art not forgotten. 

Samuel Bacon was a petitioner for the incorporation of 
the town in 17 10, fence viewer 171 8, constable 1719. 

Lieut, yi;//;/, mentioned in 377 and 378, was selectman and 
assessor 1771, and was killed at West Cambridge, while first 
lieutenant of the Needham minute men, April 19, 1775, and 
was buried there. See the History of Norfolk County, 1884, 
p. 520, and the History and Directory of Needham, 1888-89, 
p. 29. 

He had as many as six sons who served in the war, viz., 
Capt. John (377), Moscs^ Timothy, d. in Westminster, 1839, 

ISO The Old Graveyard 

aged 90, Hezekiahy Jonathan (378) and David, For military 
service of Lieut. John see Mass. S. and S. in Rev., and the 
Year-book of the S. A. R., 1897, p. 168. 

Ensign John was excused from serving as warden in 1764. 

For military service of Moses see Mass. S. and S. in Rev., 
and also for service of Michael and other Bacons. 

On April 19, 1775, Sergt. John (377), Isaac, Stephen, Jr. 
(376), Timothy' and Moses were in the West Company. 

After the Revolution four of the sons of Lieut. John owned 
together 400 acres of land in "The Leg." 

Stephen Bacon of Needham and Martha Ingles of Weston 
were published (intention of marriage) Jan. 9, 1784. (Weston 
T. Rec.) Stephen was selectman in 1781. 

In 1797 Moses was a surveyor of bread, and Ephraim was 
a fence viewer in 1802, '05, *o6, surveyor of wood 1805, '06. 
John was on the West Precinct committee 1809-13. Ralph 
was a hogreave in 1820. Bacon's Brook is in Natick. 

From 1745-1855 four of the Bacons served as town clerks 
of Natick, and seven as selectmen, including sons and grand- 
sons of Lieut. John and Abigail (Sawin) Bacon. Thomas 
Sawin was the first white settler in Natick. Jonathan Bacon 
represented Natick in the Constitutional Convention of 1820. 

386 In Memy of Mifs | Mary Oliver who | died Nov{ 15'** | 1779, 

Aged I 20 Years. 

Death is a debt to nature dtte^ 
As I have paid it fo mnft You. 
Depart my friends dry up your tears 
Here I mujl lie till Chrijl appears. 

387 (Skull and wings.) 

Here lies the Body of | NU John Underwood | died June 22^ 
1754 I Aged 78 Years | 3 months & 16 Days. 

Death may dilsolve my liody now 
And bare my Spirit home. 
Why do my minutes move so slow, 
And my Salvation come. 

North Natich' 151 

He bought his farm of I^ent in 1714, built the house in 
1 7 16, was selectman and assessor 1736, and the births of 
seven of his children are recorded in Needham. The house 
is, or was, owned by the heirs of John Bacon, 3d. 

Isaac was assessor in 1764, elected selectman and assessor 
1772, and declined. Isaac was sergeant of the Needham 
minute men April ig, 1775, and captain in the ist Suffolk 
Regiment of militia 1782. 

Isaac Underwood and Grace Greenwood were m. Mar. 30, 
1780. (T. and Ch. Recs.) Apparently there was more than 
one Isaac. There was a selectman of that name in Natick. 
For some account of the Underwood family see Horace 
Mann's article in the Needham Recorder for August 24, 

388 (Skull and wings.) 

Here lies the Body of | M" Abigail Underwood | Wife of M"^ | 
John Underwood | died March 19*** 1755 | Aged 70 Years. | 

3 nionlhs & 2 Days. 

A rife my soul & thou my voice 
in songs of praife early Rejoyce 
O great C'reator heavenly King 
thy praifes let me ever Sing. 

She was dau. of Hopestill and Elizabeth (Brown) Bent. 
Hopestill owned land in "The Leg " and was taxed in Need- 
ham 1712. 

389 (Death's head and wings.) 

Here Lies Buried the | Body of M*^ TIMOTHY | SPARROWK 
who died | May y« 5*^ i7S4> in y* | 37*^ Year of his Age 

Behold and fee as you pafs by 
As you are now fo once was I 
As 1 am now fo you muft be 
Prepare for death and follow me. 

390 (Willow and urn.) 

Mks. MARTHA, | Relict of\ Edward Parker, \ tS^• daughter of \ 
Beriah Sfarroivk, \ died Dec. 14, 1845, ^^' ^^* 

152 The Old Graveyard 

391 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of \ Miss | Dorothy Hall, | who died | Sept. 14, 1829. | 

-^t. 72. 

Death cannot make my soul afraid^ 

If Goil be with me there ; 

Soft is the passa^i^e throuj^h the shade ^ 

And alt the pospcct fair. 

She was a noted school teacher. Josiah Hall of Wrentham 
and Dorothy Ware of Needham were m. July 4, 1792, by the 
Rev. Benjamin Caryl. Mrs. Dorothy (Ware) Hall was b. in 
Needham, May 16, 1752, dau. of no and sister of 112. She 
d. in 181 5. (Ware Gen.) 

The name of Hall occurs somewhat frequently in the 
records of the town during the last half of the eighteenth 
century. For some particulars as to Dorothy Hall and the 
Hall family see Horace Mann*s article in the Needham Re- 
corder for August 24, 1895. 

David was a minute man from Needham April 19, 177S1 
and was collector for the West Precinct in 1776 (before it 
had a legal existence). 

Thomas was a corporal of the Needham minute men April 
19, 177s, and was collector for the West Precinct 1780, on 
its committee 1782-84, and moderator of one of its meetings 
in 1786. 

302 (Skull and wings.) 

Here lyes y« Body of | William Goodenow | Son of Cap\ John & 
M" I Ruth Goodenow | Who died May 26, 1744 | Aged 

13 Years & 7 M? 

William was b. in Needham, Jan. 11, 1731. Capt. John 
Goodenow had Rice's 250 acre farm; house built 1714, and 
now owned by H. B. Colburn. Capt. John m. Ruth, dau. of 
Isaac and Sybilla Rice, and grand-dau. of Matthew and Mar- 
tha (Lamson) Rice. (Barry's Framingham.) Capt. John 
was selectman and assessor in Needham 1740, and John was 
later selectman of Natick, and two other Goodenows have 
held that office there and two have been town clerks. 

North Natick 153 

Isaac enlisted in February, 1777, for service in Canada. 

IsaaCjjKy was a Needham minute man April 19, 1775, and 
July 26, 1779, was on the committee "to Set what Some of 
money men Should have that go into the war for y* Town of 
Needham when Called for the Enfuing year." January 29, 
1781, he was one of the committee "to Procure the men that 
are Now Called for." He was collector for the West Pre- 
cinct 1778. 

On July 9, 1 78 1, Capt. Isaac was on the committee of three 
to purchase the beef required of the town by the General 
Court. ;£220 hard money was appropriated for this purpose. 

The previous year, October 29, 1780, Josiah Newell, Jr., 
Lieut. Silas Alden and Moses Mann were chosen a commit- 
tee " to Procure the Beef Laid on Said town and Paft in the 

On July 6, 1778, Isaac was one of the three men chosen as 
the first precinct committee of the West Precinct, and Lieut. 
Isaac served in 1779-81, and as moderator of one of its meet- 
ings in 1780. In 1778 Goodenow was designated as "Mr.," 
but in 1779 as Lieut, in the precinct records. 

There are two very ancient Goodenow houses still stand- 
ing in "The Leg." For some account of the Goodenow 
family see an article by Horace Mann in the Needham Re- 
corder for August 17, 1895. "Needham Leg" or "Needham 
End " was the extreme western part of Needham, north of 
where the tracks of the Boston and Albany Railroad Com- 
pany now are, and most of this territory, which extended 
nearly to Lake Cochituate, was annexed to Natick in 1797. 
The name " Leg " was presumably suggested by the shape 
of this part of the town, and it included the " West End " 
school district. 

393 (Skull and wings.) 

Here lyes y« Body of | Colings Goodenow | son of Cap*. John & 
M7 I Ruth Goodenow | Who Died June 2? 1744 | Aged 

1 1 Years & 6 M<> 

Colings was b. in Needham, Dec. 2, 1732. 

154 7%^ Old Graveyard 

He apparently had a brother John^ as I find in the church 
record of baptisms " Oct : 3 : 1725 John, Son of John Goode- 
now." (Need.) "Collins" was bapt. Dec. 17, 1732. (Natick 
Ch. Rec.) 

894 (Covered urn.) 

Fanny Broad, | daughter of Mr Moses 6- | Mr' Polly Broad, | who 
died 0&,\ i5S>» | 1795, aged 4 years | 5 months, & 7 days. 

And lot a voice from Hmv^h^ 
faying this is my beloved 
Child in whom I am 
well pleafed. 

Unless she was a twin she is apparently identical with the 
child called Anna in the Needham records. See 395. 

395 (Willow and urn.) 

Sacred | To the Memory of \ Mr. Moses Broad, | died June 30, 

1837, I MX,. 68. 

He was b. in Natick, May i, 1769, son of Thomas and 
Abigail (Mann) Broad, and lived at one time in Needham, 
where he was a hogreave 1792, on the West district school 
committee 1793. 

He m. Polly Travis of Natick, and his dau. Anna was b. in 
Needham, May 8, 1791 ; dau. Marian (Mary Ann) d. in Med- 
way, aged 92. 

In his topographical description of Needham the Rev. 
Stephen Palmer says that Broad's Pond (now Morse's) covers 
16 acres. Hezekiah Broad, the first of the name in Needham, 
mentioned on p. 84, lived in 1720 at or near Broad's Hill in 
"The Leg," now in Natick. Major Hezekiah (p. 84) ren- 
dered much service in the Revolution, and acquired his title 
in the war. Thomas of Natick was also a soldier in the 
Revolution. In 1898 the town of Needham placed a bronze 
S. A. R. marker on the grave of Timothy (p. 84) who is 
buried in the old graveyard on Nehoiden street. 

North Natick 155 

306 (Chenib*s head aiid wings.) 

In memory of\ M'. Benjamin Ward, | who died March 31, 1789. | in 

the 45*^ year of \ his age, 

Jefus we come at thy command. 

He was a Needham soldier in the War of the Revolution, 
and served near Boston in 1777 and 1778. Samuel ^2i^ in 
the West Company April 19, 1775. Benjamin was highway 
surveyor 1775, '81, warden 1776, fence viewer 1782. Bacon 
in his History of Natick states that Benjamin Ward was 
killed by a yoke of unruly oxen in October^ 1789, He was 
presumably either 396 or 397. 

307 In memory of | Benjamin Ward, | Son of Mk Benj^ <S^• Mr* 
Mehitable \ Ward, who died Aug^. i? 1789. in | the 14*'* 

year of his age. 

But how/oever frejh and fair, 

Its morning beauty Jkows ; 

^Tts all cut doiun and withered quite. 

Before the evening clo/e. 

398 (Cherab's head and wings.) 

In memory of | Samuel Ward, Son of Mr \ Benj^ &» Mrs Mehetable 
Ward ; \ who died March 30 — 1796; | in y« i6th year 

of his age. 

A pretty Ro/e, a Lilly green. 
Yes beautiful as e'er was feen; 
My Soul believes that he is blefl. 
And now in Heaven with the reft, 

300 AMOS WARD, | died | Aug. 19, 1852, | iEt. 74 yrs. 

Friends nor Physicians could not save, 
My mortal body from the grave : 
Nor can the grave confine me here, 
When Christ in glory doth appear. 

He was bapt. by the Rev. Samuel West, Nov, 18, 1778. 
Horace Mann has some account of the Ward family in the 
Needham Recorder for August 17, 1895. 

IS6 The Old Graveyard 

400 LYDIA, I wife of Amos Ward, \ died | April 4, 1826, | Mt. 

52 yrs. 

Lo! where this siUnt marble weeps^ 
A wife a friend a mother sleeps; 
A heart within whose sacred cell, 
The peacefo$ll virtues loved to dwell, 

401 (Willow.) 

Artimus I son of Mr. William \ 6^ Mrs. Eunice Ward \ died | Mar. 

7, 1823, I Mx. II mo. 

My little lovely blooming flower 
Cut down <^ withered in an hour, 
I do believe my child is blest. 
And now is sleeping" in Jesus breast. 

Artemas, brother of Benjamin who was killed by the unruly 
oxen, was drowned in the winter of 18 15 near " Checkerberry 
Point " while crossing Lake Cochituate on the ice. (Bacon's 
History of Natick.) 

402 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | M«S MARY H AYNES | who died March 9 | 1803, 

Aged 64 Years. 

I*m blessed in th* embrace of death, 

403 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | CHARLES \Sonof\ Mr Daniel 6- | Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Haynes. \ who died | Nov. 2, 1804: | MX,. 7 years. 

Behold here lies a blooming flower. 
Cut down and withered in an hour. 
Cut down just at the morning dawn. 
And left his friends for him to mourn. 

Daniel Haynes lived at "Needham End" in 1798. 

404 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | Capt. Ephraim Jen- | nings, who died \ April 6, 

1802. I Mi, 82. 

On January 3, 1775, he was chosen one of the Committee 
of Inspection in Natick. He was then a lieutenant. At one 
time he was a selectman of Natick. 

North Natick' 157 

405 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | Mrs. Sibbel Jennings, | wife of \ Capt Ephraim 
Jen- I nings who died \ Feb. 20, 1801. | Mt, 77. 

She was a Rice. She and her husband were admitted to 
the Natick church February 26, 1743/4. 

406 In I memory of | Samuel Jennings, Son of \ Ephraim 6^ Sib- 
bel Jennings: I who died 061.1 1 — 1751, in | the 8*^ year 

of his age. 

" A pretty ro/e, a pUafefit flower 
Cut down <^ withered in an haur,^^ 

He was bapt. Mar. 11, 1743/4. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

407 In I memy of Ifaac Jennings, Son \ of Ephraim <^ SibU \ 
Jennings ; who died | 061.' 1751 the i2*'» day: | in the 5!? 

year of his | age. 

He was bapt. Mar. 15, 1746/7. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

408 In I memy of | Ephr« Jennings, | Son of Ephr^ 6- SibU \ 
Jennings : who died | Odl^ 13 175 1 in the | 34year of his age 

The child was b. Sept. 6, 1749. (Barry's Framingham.) 
Bapt. Sept. 9, 1749. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

409 ETHEL JENNINGS, | DIED FEB. 16, 1847, I AGED 81 


He was b. Aug. 18, 1765, son of 404 and 405. (Barry.) 
He was a hogreave 18 13, surveyor of highways 18 19, '28, 
31, *34, '36, on the South district school committee 1819, 
22, '24, tax collector "for 4! cents on the dollars" 1821, 
also collector in 1834, one of the four men "chosen addi- 
tional Assessors*' 1822, assessor 1823, tax collector for the 
First Parish 1822 and '23, compensation 3^% and 4%. He, 
or his son, was on the West Precinct committee 1831-35, 
'39-41. Ethel (409) was bapt. Sept. 29, 1765. (Natick Ch. 

His son Ethel was the father of George b. Sept. 3, 1817, 
who was a prominent citizen of Needham, active and versa- 
tile in business, held many public positions, and settled many 

158 The Old Graveyard 

estates. George was assessor 1855, '56, justice of the peace, 
tax collector 1858-649 and perhaps earlier. He d. in Need- 
ham, May 3, 1874. He was bapt. Oct. 19, 18 17. (West Ch. 
Rec.) * The remains of Ethel Jennings and those of his wife 
Abigail (56) were removed to the Jennings lot in Woodlawn 
Cemetery, but her gravestone was left in the old graveyard 
for some time after. A small pond in Natick south of the 
turnpike, and not far from the Wellesley line, is named Jen* 
nings Pond. 

Albert^ son of George, was the first treasurer of the town 
of Wellesley, elected 1881, and is still in office. He was 
clerk of the Wellesley Congregational Society 1890, '91, dea- 
con of the church 1890-97, and since 1891 a member of its 
executive committee. Julia Frances^ dau. of George, has 
been for many years the librarian of the Wellesley Free 


MARCH 3, 1850, I AGED 84 YEARS. 

411 (WUlow and urn.) 

Mr. EPHRAIM JENNINGS | died July 8, 1843, I ^t. 48. 

Farevoell dearest friend ; farevoell^ 
Here thy hss^ we deeply feel. 


NINGS I Aug. 3, i8of , I Aug. 29, 1883. 

Ephraim Jennings of Natick and Lucy G. Pierce were m. 
in Needham, Jan. 9, 1823 (int. Dec. 18, 1822). She was b. 
in Needham, Aug. 3, 1801. 

413-414 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | Capt. JOHN FELCH, I of Natick who fell in the \ 
Battle at White Plain in \ the revolutionary war, \ Oct. 28, 

1776, I ^t. 47. 
Mrs. MARY FELCH, | his wife | died Aug. 26, 1813, | ^t. 76. 

There is an S. A. R. marker in his memory. He was son 
of Ebenezer, the first white deacon of the church at Natick 

North Natick 159 

founded by John Eliot, elected April 29, 1731, and was bapt 
Apr. 27, 1729, by Rev. Mr. Williams of Weston. (Natick 
Ch, Rec.) In 1745 Eben [Felch] was chosen clerk of the 
proprietors of Natick, and served fifteen years. He was also 
a selectman, as were John and Isaac. John was a member of 
the first school committee of Natick, 1797. 

416 (Willow and urn.) 

Mr. I JOHN FELCH | died Mar. 6, 1830, | Mt. 70. 

He lived at "Needham End" in 1798, the year after the 
annexation to Natick, and probably had been a resident there 

416 (WiUow and urn.) 

Mrs. I HANNAH, | wife of John Felch, \ died | Sept. 9, 1844, | 

MX. 81. 

417 (WiUow and urn.) 

MR. I ASA FELCH | died Mar. 21, 1846, | MX.. 77. 

" The righteotis heUh hope in his death *^ 

He held minor town offices in Needham, and in 18 12 was 
a prominent Methodist attending the church in " The Hun- 

418 (WiUow and urn.) 

Mrs. LOVINA | wife of \ Mr. Asa Felch, \ died | June 29, 1840, | 

in her 72, yr. 

My sottif this curious house of clay, 
This present frail abode. 
Must quickly fall to worms, a prey 
And thou, return to God. 

She is called Vinea in the Needham records. 

419 (Willow and urn.) 

MR. I JOHN L. FELCH | died | May 22, 1847, | ^Et. 52. 

John was b, in Needham, May 6, 1794, son of Asa and 
Vinea Felch. (Need. T. Rec.) 

l6o The Old Graveyard 

420 (Willow and urn.) 

Mr. LEVI FELCH | died Sept. 19, 1861, | iEt. 88 yrs. 3 mo. 11 d's. 

Thy long life is etided^ 
And ihott dost rest from thy labors; 
We thy friends will not forget thee^ 
And when lifers journey with us is past^ 
We hope to meet thee in heaven, 

421 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of \ Mrs. PATTY, | wife of Mr, Levi Felch^ \ who died ( 

Nov. 13, 1828 ; I -^t. 48. 

Stop^ traveller^ and drop a tear^ 
Think on the dust that slumbers here; 
And when you read this date of me^ 
Think on the glass that runs for thee. 


NANCY, I wife of | Asa Felch, | died Sept. 8, 1828, | Mt. 26 yrs. 

The once loved Jorm^ now cold and dead, 
Ectch mournful thought employs: 
And nature weeps and cotnforts fled; 
And withered all her joys. 

NANCY, I dau. of Asa & Nancy Felch, | died Sept. 15, 1828, | 

iEt. 3 weeks. 

Budded on earth to bloom in heaven. 

424 MARY H. | dau, of \ Asa <5^• Ellen \ Felch, died \ June 1^, 

184^, I ^t 4 yrs. ^ ms, 

Oy far ctbove, where angels dwell; 
He liveth with our child^ tis well: 
Then mourn not for this cherished flower, 
Now blooming in a fairer baiuer. 

425 (Willow and urn.) 

SACRED I To the Memory of\ Miss Hannah Washburn, | who 

died \ July 2, 1828 : | ^t. 81. 

With patience Lord I bore thy hand, 
*Till death hath set me free ; 
Resigned my breath at thy command. 
Hoping to dwell with Thee. 

North Natick i6i 

426 (Willow and urn.) 

SUSANNA, I widow of\ Mr, Lotjennison^ \ died | Oct. i6, 1841, | 

in her 92, year. 

" Ther's rest in Heaven:^ 

Lot Jennison of Hillsboro and Susanna Coolidge were m. 
in Weston, Nov. 30, 1773, by the Rev. Samuel Woodward. 
(Weston T. Rec.) 

According to Bond's Watertown she was b. Apr. 12, 1750, 
dau. of Nathaniel and Sarah (Parker) Coolidge of Weston, 
who were ra. Apr. 16, 1749. (Weston T. Rec.) 

Lot Jennison and Lieut. Winsor Moulton built the Meth- 
odist church in "The Hundreds" more than ninety years 

The parents of Lot were Robert and Sibilla (Brintnall) 
Jennison, who were m. in Weston, Jan. 18, 1738/9. (Weston 
T. Rec.) Sibilla was dau. of Phineas and Sybilla (Rice) 
Brintnall, and grand-dau. of Matthew and Martha (Lamson) 
Rice. (Barry.) See 392. 

Robert Jennison was a noted house builder, and kept a 
journal or note book now extant. He got by his marriage 
lands which an ancestor had lost in a law suit with Matthew 
Rice. See article by Horace Mann in the Needham Re- 
corder for October 5, 1895. Robert, or his descendant of 
the same name, was selectman of Natick. I have not the 

Major William of Watertown was the ancestor of Robert 
and others, and the family owned much land in early times. 
Some of them lived in Needham. Peter was in the West 
Company April 19, 1775. Nathan was a Methodist, attend- 
ing the church in "The Hundreds" in 1819, one of the 
thirteen hogreaves in Needham in 181 5, and on the South 
district school committee 1824. 

427 (Willow and urn.) 

Mr. ROBERT | JENNISON, | died | Feb. 24, 1841, | iEt. 57. 

Prepare to meet thy God. 

1 62 The Old Graveyard 

428 (Willow and urn.) 

ARTHUR JENNISON | died | Dec. 8, i868, | MX. 76 yrs. 6 mos. 

He rest in peace, 

429 * (Willow and urn between two monuments.) 

Mrs. I HANNAH F. | wife of | Arthur Jennison, | died July 23, 

1849, I iEt. 64. 

And must we say to thee farewell ^ 
Companion sons and daughters^ too ; 
Those whom oft earth thon loved* st so well 
Must they all bid a long adieu ? 

430 JOEL PIERCE, | Died Mar. 22, 1867, | Mi. 82 yrs. 

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 

He was b. in Weston, Dec. 28, 1785, son of Joshua and 
Mary Peirce (Weston T. Rec), and lived in Needham ; and 
in 18 12 was a leader among the Methodists attending the 
church in "The Hundreds." He was fence viewer 1813, '14. 

The Needham branch of this family spell their surname 
Pierce. In the Weston records it is often Peirce, and in the 
Needham voting list for 181 1 the name occurs four times and 
always as Peirce, but in 1844 both spellings were used in the 
voting list. 

431 SARAH JENNISON, | wife of Joel Pierce, | Died Aug. 19, 

1875, I Aged 96 yrs. | & 5 mos. 

For we which have believed 
Do enter into Rest. 

432 (Willow and urn.) 

Rev. Isaac Jennison | died | Sept. 12, 1878, | ^t. 88 yrs. 5 ms. 

Gone to reap the reward of 
the faithful. 

For an account of " Father ** Isaac Jennison see Zion's 
Herald for September 15, 1878. He, Joel Pierce and Tyler 
Harrington were called the "Three Apostles," and were 
leaders at the meetings in the church in "The Hundreds." 

North Natick. 163 

The Rev. Isaac Baldivin [Jennison] was a grandson of 
Robert, and was for sixty years a Methodist preacher. Isaac 
was a selectman of Natick. 

433 (Willow and urn.) 

Mrs. MARY, | wife of Rev. | Isaac Jennison, | died | Oct. 12, 

1847, I ^t. 51. 

" The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance^^ 

434 (Willow and urn.) 

JOHN WESLEY, | Son of Isaac 6- | Mary Jennison, \ died | 
March 15, 1830, | .^t. 2 ys. & 5 ms. 

" Of snch is the kingdom of Heaven,** 

435 (Willow and urn.) 

Rev. ISAAC | JENNISON Jr. | Member of the grad- \ uating class, 
of the I Wesleyan University, \ Middletown Conn. \ died June 

13, 1841. I i£t. 26. 

" Gone but not lost.** 
436-437 (Willow and urn.) 

Mrs. HARRIET J. | wife of | Benjamin B. Willy, | died Feb. 23, 

1848, I Mi. 24. 

HERBURT L. | their only child, \ died Feb. 19, 1848, | JEi. 22 mos. 

^* Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord** 

438 (Willow and urn.) 

Miss MARTHA | MURDOUGH, | died | Sept. 29, 1829, | 

iEt. 39. 

** Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord** 

The graves of 436-438 are in the lot with the Jennisons. 

439 JOSEPH ROBERTS, | BORN | SEPT. 2, 1792, | DIED | 


440 MARY, I wife of | Joseph Roberts, | died Aug. 11, 1848,1 

Mi, 57 ys. 3 ms. 

The intention of marriage of Joseph Roberts of Weston 
and Mary Felch of Natick was published Feb. 20, 182 1. 
(Weston T. Rec.) 

164 The Old Graveyard 

441 JOSEPH H. ROBERTS, | BORN FEB. 27. 1824, | DIED| 

MAY 4, 1889. 

442 MARTHA, | Daughter of \ Joseph & Mary | ROBERTS, | 

died Nov. 26, 1828, | i£t. 4 mos. 

443 Thomas O. P. | Son of | Joseph & Mary | ROBERTS, | 

died Aug. 24, 1847, | MX., i yr. 10 ms. 

444 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of \ Mr. | SAMUEL COGGIN, | who was suddaily 
killed be \ neath the wheel of his waggon \ Oct. 14, 1831, | iEt. 42. 

Boast not thyself of tomorrow^ for thou knowest not 
what a day may bring forth. 

The accident occurred in Watertown. 

446 FAITHEE | wife of | Samuel Coggin, | DIED I Oct. 10, 

1864, I Aged 63 y'rs. 

446 (Willow.) 

SAMUEL, I son oj Samuel 6- | Faithee Coggin^ \ died | Oct. 13, 

1832, I iEt. 5 ys. & 4 mo. 

Farewell my dear and lovely child^ 
My young attd tender flower ; 
From thy parent^ snatched away^ 
In an unexpected hour, 

447 (Willow.) 

ISAAC, I son of Samuel \ &* Faithee Coggin, \ died | July 19, 

1833, I JEt. 2 ys. & 7 mo. 

My tender mother don* t for me weep 
*Tis soon in heaven we both shall meet, 

448 (Willow and urn.) 

In Memory of | Mr. Henry Coggin, | who died \ May 9, 1814. | 

iEt. 30. 

Death seized me in an unexpected hour^ 
And bade me quit in haste^ this mortal shore^ 
My tender infant too^ was snatched away^ 
And by my side^ lies mouldering in the clay, 
Tahe warning then^ nor think yourselves secure^ 
Since life's uncertain^ death you know is sure. 

North Natick, 165 

Henry Coggin of Natick m. Apr. 11, 1813, Patty b. July 
31, 1780, dau. of Daniel and Martha (Fuller) Stratton of 
Weston. (Weston T. Rec.) Patty had a twin sister Nancy. 
Henry was killed by the fall of the house of Daniel Travis, 
while a new cellar was being constructed. For details see 
Bacon's History of Natick, p. 221. Henry [Coggin], a rela- 
tive of 448, was a soldier in the Revolution. 

449 Mr. I ISAAC COGGIN | died July 4, 1842. | ^Et. 52. 

He^s gone^ and left dear friend belowy 
To mourn his loss with grief and wo ; 
But since it was dur Father's mind^ 
May we submit and be resigned ; 
We tms he lives in Heaven above^ 
And triumphs in everlasting love. 

It is only just to say that the extremely bad spelling of 
some of these epitaphs, particularly the verse, is true to the 
originals, — not misprints. 

The Coggins were Natick people, but lived near " Need- 
ham End." 


THOMAS COOLIDGE, | died | Sept. 5, 1830, | Mi. 75. 

TIMOTHY, I son of Thomas 6- | Molly Coolidge, \ died | Dec. i, 

1812, I iEt. 28. 

** There is rest in Heaven'' 

According to Bond's Watertown, Thomas was b. Apr. 8, 
1755, son of Capt. John and Anne Coolidge of Sherborn, 
later of Natick. 

Capt. Coolidge lived in "The Leg" in 1759, and Thomas 
was a resident of "Needham End" in 1798. Prior to 1855 
John and Alexander were selectmen of Natick. On Decem- 
ber 17, 1 76 1, David Hall (p. 152), John Coolidge, Joseph 
Bacon and wife were admitted to the church at Natick. 

Timothy was b. July 29, 1784. 

1 66 The Old Graveyard 

452 Moley, | wife of | Thomas Coolidge, | died July 12, 1841, | 

MX, 84. 

She was a Felch and m. Thomas Coolidge Sept. 19, 1776. 

463 ZERUIAH COOLIDGE | died | Jan. 17, 1867, I ^t. 73 

yrs. 7 mos. 

^^ Boast not thyself 0/ to-marrow ; for thou 
knowest not what a day may bring forth** 

She was b. June 15, 1793, dau. of 450 and 452. (Bond.) 

464 THOMAS COOLIDGE | died | Sept. 4, 1865, | iEt. 65. 
He was b. Sept. i, i8cx>, son of 450 and 4p. (Bond.) 

466 SALLY, | wifeof | Thomas Coolidge, | died | May 23, 1873,1 

Mt. 75. 

466 (Willow and urn.) 

JOHN WAIT I died | April 18, 1847, | Mi. 75. 

467 (Willow and urn.) 

MARCY, I wife of | John Wait, | died July 26, 1849, I -^t. 73. 

468 (Open book with a square and compasses on it.) 

EBENR. WHITNEY, | Died | Sept. 23, 1855, I -^t. 72. 

We part on Earth to meet in heaven. 

He is said to have been an innkeeper and stage proprietor. 
He was b. in Natick, son of Jason and Lois '(Fisher) Whitney, 
who were m. in Needham, Mar. 17, 1773. (Need. T. Rec.) 
Lois was the widow of Ephraim Pratt, and was b. in Need- 
ham, Feb. 7, 1745. See the excellent genealogy of the Fisher 
Family, Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. VIII, p. 26, and also the vol- 
ume entitled "The Fisher Genealogy,*' by Philip Adsit 
Fisher. Ebenezer Whitney was a selectman of Natick. 

Jason [Whitney] was admitted to the church at Natick in 
1760. Not only the Natick families but most of the Need- 
ham people residing in "The Leg" attended the "English 

North Natick. 167 

Church," at what is now South Natick, during the pastorates 
of Rev. Oliver Peabody and Rev. Stephen Badger, 1729-98. 
The list of families includes Ward, Felch, "Goodenow,** 
Underwood, Parker, Sparhawk, Bacon, Broad, Drury, Haynes, 
Bullard and Jennings. The church records contain many 
baptisms and admissions of persons of these names. 

459 (Willow and urn.) 

IN I memory of | Mrs. Mary, | wife of \ Mr. Ebnr. Wkiney^ \ who 

died I July 22, 1822. | Mi, 37. 

Tho from our sight our derest friend has fled. 
And in this narrow house reclines her head. 
Yet on our hearts^ her virtues will remain. 
Till heaven permit that we shall meet again, 

Polly, dau. of Aaron and Martha (Walker) Brown, m. Eben- 
ezer Whitney of Natick. (Barry's Framingham.) 

460 (Willow.) 

Ebenezer, I died Dec. 16, 1821. | Mu 7 yr. | son of Mr, EbnK \ 6* 

Mrs. Mary Whitney, 

Come then ye little flock be luise 
Secure a mansion in the skies 
To-day begin to live to God 
Repent believe Obey his word 

461 Ephraim Loker, | Died Dec. 25, 1849, I Aged 76 years, | 9 


He was son of Henry and Hannah (Barber) Loker. Eph- 
raim was a carpenter, and at one time lived in Sudbury, 
where Heniy zxiAJohn [Loker] were inhabitants in 1638. 

In 1725 the mill on Hawes Brook in "The Hundreds'* 
came into the possession of the Lokers. This brook is west 
of Parker Plain and runs from Nonesuch Pond to Morse's Pond. 
"Hawes Hundred" was granted to Edward Hawes in 1661, 
and there was a mill there very early. In 1899 the boundary 
monuments on Blossom Street, Needham and Weston, and 
on Washington Street, Needham and Natick, remained un- 


t68 The Old Graveyard 

changed although the town of Wellesley was eighteen years 

John ''Loaker" was taxed in Needham in 1712. Horace 
Mann stated that Moses was a Revolutionary soldier from 
Needham, Isaac a captain of horse from Sudbury, Sergeant 
Henry a minute man from Natick, and that during the war 
of the Revolution Jonas was killed by a cannon ball. 

Henry was a selectman of Natick. 

Abraham Loker, a tall, stalwart man, 85 years of age, 
lives in Weston a short distance from the Wellesley line, and 
not far from the ancient Bogle house. See Needham Re- 
corder for August 27, 1898. 

462 SUSANNA, | wife of | EPHRAIM LOKER, | Died Dec. 

20, 1857, I Aged 79 years, | 9 months. 

Perhaps she was dau. of Abraham Loker (not the Abraham 
mentioned under 461). 

" To keep an estate in land partly inherited, partly purchased by the 
fruits of her industry and toil, this lady followed the calling of a market 
woman. She nursed and supported her husband, a consumptive invalid 
in his later years ; and cared for a relative who was .... in ill health. 
She taught a laige Cunily the value of frugal habits, and constant toil. 
She left a large property in land to her heirs.** 

See article by Horace Mann in the Needham Recorder, 
October 15, 1898. For other contributions to the columns 
of this paper by Mr. Mann with reference to the Lokers see 
August 10, 1895, and August 27, 1898. 

463 EPHRAIM LOKER | Died Apr. 11, 1887, | Mt. 83 yrs. 

He was b. in Natick or Sudbury, d. in Natick, son of 461 
and 462. 

He was a farmer and lived for twenty years in '' The Hun- 
dreds " on a farm inherited from his Rice ancestors of Sud- 
bury. Later he kept the Loker Tavern,' now the Elm House, 
in Felchville. The last twenty years of his life he lived on 
Worcester Street. 

North Natkk 169 

"He was a genial, kindly old man, a trifle cynical." Till 
nearly eighty years old he was stalwart and strong. He 
placed gravestones in memory of his wife and son, and one 
for himself. At his decease he was buried, as he had re- 
quested, in a coffin enclosed in a hermetically sealed zinc- 
lined box. (H. Mann.) 

There is a stone in this lot with no inscription, presum- 
ably erected for his wife. 

464 NANCY | Dau. of \ Ephraitn 6- Sarah Loker, \ Died | Mar. 

II, 1862, I iEt. 14 y'rs. I mo. 

Dear sister thou art gone to rest, 

Nancy was b. in Needham,'^Jan. 29, 1848. 

466 EPHRAIM, Jr. | Son of \ Ephraim &» Sarah Loker. \ Died 

1874. I iEt. 24 yrs. 

Ephraim, Jr., was b. in Needham, Apr. 9, 1850. 


HENRY LOKER | died | June 4, 18 13, | ^t. 40. 

SARAH, I His wife, | died June 2, 1846, | JSX, 73. 

468 Lydia W. I wife of \ Jonas Loker ^ \ died | Oct. 16, 1807 ; | 

MX. 32. 

469 Jonas Loker, | died | Oct. 16, 1851 ; | Mt. 76, 
Probably 80 was his second wife. See p. 51. 

470 JOHN G. I son of | Winthrop & Irene | LOKER, | died 

July 9, 1842, I Mt, 6 yrs. 5 mos. 

John Gilman. O how can it be, 
Never on earth thy face we see. 
Thou canst not come to us, we know: 
But unto thee we soon must go. 

This is in a Loker lot where there are several stones of 
more recent date. 

I/O The Old Grai^eyard 

471 JOHN HOLMES | died | March 27, 1878, | JSx. 81 yrs. 4 


In God we trust. 

This stone is in a Jennison lot. 

472 BELA CARTER | DIED June 20, 1846, | aged 57 yrs. 

473-474 (North face of a monument.) 

ALBERT F. WIGHT | 1842-1842 
MARY E. WIGHT | 1844-1845 



JAMES MgCUTCHINS | Died | Dec. 5, 1861, | aged 75. 


WILLARD Jr. | died Sept. 15, 1828, | iEt. 4 mos. 

JONATHAN R. | died July 29, 1842, | ^Et. 3 yrs. 7 mos. 

ELLEN E. I died Aug. 16, 1854, | JSx. 10 yrs. 

Children of \ Willard 6- Mary Moore. 

479 (Willow and urn.) 

EUNICE MOORE | died | July 29, i860, | iEt. 83. 
This stone is near those of the Dunn family. 

480 EUNICE, I wife of | William^Moore, | died April 7, 1859, | 

iEt. 59 yrs. 

Prepare to meet thy God, 

481 ANTHONY JONES | DIED | Jan. 11, 1858, | iEt. 67 yrs. 

2 mo's. 

There are twelve lines of verse in italics on this stone. 

North Natick 1 71 

Anthony is a name that occurs in the Jones family of 

482 SOPHIA, I wife of \ Anthony Jones, | DIED | Dec. 27, 

1857, I Mi. 61 yrs, 2 mo's. 

There are twelve lines of verse in italics on this stone. 

488 CLARISSA C. | Wife of | Jonathan White | Died | May 8, 

1850, I Aged 67 yrs. 

484 ELIZABETH DUBIA | Died | Jany 5, 1863, I -^t. 77 yrs, 

6 mos. 

485 (WUlow and urn.) 

Mr. timothy SMITH | died | Aug. 11. 1846. | MX. 42. 

With patience Lord I bore thy hand 
^Tili death hath set me free, 

486 (WUlow and nm.) 

MR. I PAUL LINCOLN | DIED | March 16, 1848, | Mt. 76. 

Friends nor physicians could not save, 
This mortal body from the grave. 
Nor can the grave confine me here, 
When Christ shall call me to appear. 

He was a prominent Methodist attending the church in 
*• The Hundreds." 

487 (WUlow and urn.) 

Mrs. HANNAH, | wife of | Paul Lincoln, | DIED | Aug. 2, 1855,! 

Mt, 74. 

Rest dear Mother take thy rest, 
God has but called thee home. 
And in his presence thou art blest^ 
Where parting never comes. 

1/2 The Old Graveyard 

488 (WiUow and urn.) 

THOMAS P. H. I Son of Edmund & | Betsey Kimball, | died Oct. 

^» <^35i I ^t* lo ys. 3 ms. 15 ds. 

No bitter tear for thee be shed^ 
Thou spark of being — seen and gone. 
With flowers alone, we strew thy bed. 
Oh blest departed otie. 

Thomas Peach was b. July 23, 1825, son of Edmund and 
Betsey (Hammond) Kimball. Several, if not all, of his elder 
brothers and sisters were b. in Newton. (Kimball Gen.) 

489-492 (South face of a monument.) 

ROBERT MANSFIELD | died | June 24, 1890; | aged 87 yrs. 

PRUDENCE, I wife of | R. Mansfield, | died | Jan. 19, 1871 ; | 

aged 68 yrs. 


(North face.) 

PRUDENCE, I died | Nov. 13, 1854, | ^t. 19 yrs. 

EMILY, I died | June 5, 1855, | iEt. 15 yrs. 

Daughters of Robert | 6- Prudence Mansfield, 

There are four small stones in the lot inscribed 

Prudence Emily. MOTHER. FATHER. 

Robert was b. in Needham, July 21, 1802, son of Epes and 
Sarah (Smith) Mansfield., 

Robert was a surveyor of land, and held several minor 
town offices, such as field driver 1829, surveyor of highways. 
Northwest district, 1859, *6o, '65, one of the auditing com- 
mittee i860, surveyor of wood, weigher and ganger 1871-90, 
surveyor of lumber 1873, '74. 

He wrote for local newspapers, and made many scrap 
books using clippings from the papers, and these books he 
gave as presents. 

North Natkk 173 

In his younger days he lived east of the turnpike, near 
its junction with Blossom Street, and later in Highland- 
ville. There were at least two Mansfield homes on or 
near the turnpike and Blossom Street. The births of five 
of his children are recorded in Needham. The intention of 
marriage of Robert Mansfield and Prudence Felch of Natick 
was recorded in Needham Mar. 13, 1829. 

His father Epes resided in Needham, was a zealous Meth- 
odist, and as early as 1802 entertained the most noted 
preachers of the time. Apparently Methodism in Needham 
dates from 1792 when Father Isaac Lee preached in the 
West or Second Church. Many who had revolted from the 
old school theology and become antipedobaptists later were 
Methodists, and were very much in earnest. Epes Mans- 
field was a recognized leader in the Needham Circuit, and 
attended the church in "The Hundreds." He was on the 
West meeting house district school committee in 1794, '99, 
1806, '13, '18. field driver 1802, *o8, '12, '13, fence viewer 
1806, '07, '12, surveyor of highways 1813. 

The births of six of his children are recorded in Needham. 
Besides the daughters Sarah and Rebecca, see 248 and 249, 
there was Ruth b. Dec. 25, 1790, m. May 27, 18 17, Tyler 
Harrington of Weston, a noted Methodist. 

John, son of Epes, and brother of Robert, was a well known 
citizen of Needham, and was a hogreave in 1820, on the West 
district school committee 1824, field driver 1827-30, surveyor 
or measurer of wood 1828-34, '39, '40, fence viewer 1830, 
elected assessor and declined 1841. He held minor town 
offices later, serving as surveyor for the Northwest district 
1862, '63, but removed to Natick where he d. July 21, 1887, 
aged 94 yrs., 4 mos., 11 dys., and was buried at Newton 
Centre. He was a zealous Methodist, and there was an 
obituary notice of him in a Natick newspaper, presumably 
The Natick Citizen. 

1/4 The Old Graveyard^ North Natick 

By his first wife, Mary, he had one child whose birth is 
recorded in Needham, and by his second wife, Elizabethi he 
had four children whose births are on record. 

Horace Mann said that John Mansfield told him that he 
saw the Methodist meeting house in ''The Hundreds" raised, 
and that a black bottle was passed to the man who walked 
the " ridge " when the frame was completed. The meeting 
house, since removed, stood on land granted to Edward 
Hawes in 1661. Camp meetings were held in ''The Hun- 
dreds " as late as 1843. 

Mr. Horace Mann, a learned local antiquary, died in 
Natick, March 20, 1899, and it is to be regretted that his 
many valuable historical and genealogical articles are buried 
in the unindexed files of the Natick and Needham news- 
papers. In the early Dedham papers there are obituary 
notices and local history that ought to be rendered available* 

The Needham Recorder and The Natick Citizen for March 
25, 1899, contain notices of Horace Mann. In former years 
he wrote for the Needham Chronicle, a newspaper established 
in 1874 ^^^ '^^ which many historical articles have been pub- 
lished, but since 1894 he had been connected with the Need- 
ham Recorder. 




IT was my purpose to copy only such inscriptions as related 
to persons who were connected with Needham, but I 
also noted the following facts. The earliest date of death on 
a stone is 1812, the year in which the parish was organ- 
ized. There are two S. A. R. markers; Zibeon Hooker, 
an officer, and Elisha Bartlett are thus remembered. Sam- 
uel Lawton, the blacksmith, immortalized in Mrs. Stowe's 
" Old Town Folks " as Sam Lawson, is said to rest here with 
members of his family. There are stones in memory of his 
wife, Mehitable, and of his daughter, Sarah W., both of whom 
died in 1844, and there seems to be no question that he died 
in Newton Lower Falls. 

JEREMIAH DANIELL | DIED | June 14, 1818, | aged 45 yrs. 
EUNICE, I his Wife \ DIED | Dec. 7, 1852, ) aged 83 yrs. 
He was b. in Needham, Oct. 4, 1773, son of Jeremiah and 
Abigail (Fisher) Daniell, who were m. Dec. 24, 1772, and 
had seven children whose births are recorded in Needham. 

1/6 Saint Mar/s Churchyard 

Eunice was b. Feb. 25, 1771, dau. of Moses and Mary 
(Cummings) Keith, m. Jeremiah Daniell Apr. 14, 1796. (Ch. 
Rec.) See 39 and 40. 

George Keith vi^s b. June 11, 1810, bapt. July 15 (West 
Ch. Rec), and d. May 18, 1887. He was son of 493 and 494, 
and was a prominent citizen of Needham and later of Welles- 
ley, and is buried in this lot, as are several members of his 
family. '' Squire" Daniell was a justice of the peace, at one 
time a trial justice, and also a coroner. Besides many minor 
town offices he was selectman 1850, '51, assessor 1852-57, 
'61-67 (chairman '65-67), '71, '73, '74, '77-80, represented the 
town in the General Court 1857, the district in 1866, '68, '70, 
auditor i860, '70, '72, '73, '75, *77-79» town agent 1870, 

405 GEORGE W. HOOGS | died Oct. 29, 1869, | aged 87 yrs. 

He was 87 yrs., i mo., 25 dys., and was b. in Newton, son 
of William and Elizabeth (Stoddard) Hoogs. (T. Rec. and 
Jackson's History of Newton.) William is said to have come 
from Limerick, Ireland. 

George W. was a store keeper in Needham ; field driver 
1820, surveyor of wood 183 1, fire ward 1836, and held minor 
town offices other years. The births of seven of his children 
are recorded in Needham, and those of three children of his 
son George W., Jr., who m. Adaline V. Whiting of Walpole 
(int. Nov. 22, 1846). 

496 FAITHE SEAVERNS | wife of | George W. Hoogs, | died 

June 17, 1864. I aged 77 yrs. 

She was 76 yrs., 11 mos., 17 dys. (T. Rec), and was b. in 
Weston, June 28, 1787, dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth (Strat- 
ton) Seaverns, who were m. May 4, 1775. (Weston T. 

Faithe m. Apr. 24, 1808, George W. Hoogs of Newton. 
In the record of her birth she is called Faithe, and in the 

Newton Lower Falls 177 

record of her marriage Faithful. She was a sister of Peter 
Lyon's second wife. (See p. 33.) 

407 ELIZABETH A. M. HOOGS, | DIED | FEB. 15, 1868. 


She was b. Jan. 16, 1828, dau. of 495 and 496. 

408-499 (Urn. Two willows. Urn.) 

CAROLINE C. I died May 2, 1842 | .^t. 4 ys. 10 ms. 20 d 

SUSAN A. I died May lo, 1842 f .^t. 2 yrs. 

daughters of George \ 6- Susan R. Hoogs, 

Ah I who can tell foftd parents woe. 
What pencil paint their grief ; 
When all 0/ joy that earth could show. 
Is faded, gone in death f 

500 (Willow and urn.) 

Mr. I GEORGE HYDE, | departed this life | June 7, 1835, I Aged 

56 years. 

To death^s embrace his body's given; 
God has reclaimed his owft. 
His spirits wafted back to heaven. 
To bow before the throne. 

The births of twelve of his children are recorded in Need- 

501 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | Mrs. ANNA, | consort of Mr, George Hyde; \ who 
departed this life | May 11, 183 1 : | MX. 48. 

And now thy wearisome days, are all ended; 
Nor will we repine at thy happy release ; 
Now God, in his mercy, his hand, hath extended ; 
And guided, thy soul, to the mansions, of peace. 

He marked^ thy serenity, and calmness, in death ; 
Yon, Seraphs, descended, thy flight, to attend ; 
Departed, with rapture, from sorrowful, earth ; 
Enshrined, is thy body, with ashes, to blend. 

178 Saint Maty^s Churchyard 

502 (Willow and urn.) 

In memory of | Miss CLARISSA, | daughter of Mr. George &* | 
Mrs. Anna Hyde; \ who departed this life | Nov. 23, 1830; | 

iEt. 23. 

O I bright example of unsullied youths 

Of holy faiths and piety sincere! 

T^was thine supported by the word of truth. 

To view the early grave without a fear. > 

To see with joy the sure approach of death ; 
A glorious privilege to thee was given. 
And some blest seraph, as he caught thy breath. 
Gave thy departing soul a glimpse of Heaven, 

She was b. Aug. 22, 1807. 

503 (Willow and urn.) 

HENRY H. HYDE, | died | May 5, 1839, | Mi. 16. 

God loves the young who early seeh. 
His favor to obtain; 
He will not turn away his ear, 
Nor let them seek in vain, 

Henry Hiram was b. Sept. 13, 1822, son of 500 and 501. 

504 (Willow and urn.) 

Miss | HANNAH M. HYDE, | departed this life | Dec. 4, 1833, | 

Aged 18 years. 

The heaven born soul has winged her way 
To regions of resplendant day; 
Then lift thine eyes unto that sphere. 
Nor fondly dream she slumbers here, 

Hannah Maria was b. Feb. 26, 18 16, dau. of 500 and 501. 

505 (Willow and urn.) 

George G. Hyde, | died | Nov. 28, 1844, | Ml. 24. 

Ere Death consigned his manly form. 
To this low bed of dust; 
His spirit quit in glad surprise. 
To mansiotts with the just. 

Newton Lotvcr Falls 179 

George Gridley was b. Sept. 27, 1820, son of 500 and 501. 
As George Hyde he was admitted to the West Church July 
7, 1844. 

506 (Willow.) 

SARAH R. HYDE | died \ Apr. 23, i860, | Mi. 47. 

Lives to die no more, 
607 (Willow and urn.) 

Mr. I LEWIS MUZZEY | DIED \ July 16, 1836, | ^t. 42. 

/ rest in peace, n^er to return, 
Vve left a world of care and pain, 
Friends^ Parents, Child now cease to mourn, 
Your loss is my eternal gain. 

He was b. Nov. 7, 1794, son of Benoni and Lucy (Lewis) 
Muzzey. See 193. Lewis was a hogreave 18 18, '20, '27; 
d. "at Mr. Luther Ware's." (West Ch. Rec.) 

508 (Willow and urn.) 

IN Memory of | Mrs. Ann Muzzy, | Consort of Mr. Lewis 
Muzzy, I who departed this life | March 22, 1830, | .^t. 29. 

" The once lov'd form, now cold and decui, 
Each mournful thought employs; 
And nature weeps, her comforts fled. 
And withered all her joys^^ 

509 John Slack's Tomb, 


John was b. Mar. i, 1779, son of John and Mary (Fuller) 

Slack, m. Mary and had three children whose births are 

recorded in Needham. 

For an account of this family see Needham Epitaphs, to 
which may be added, p. 14 of the reprint, that John, Senior, 
was in the West Company April 19, 1775, and there is a 
bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. He was on the standing 

l8o Saint Mar/s Churchyard 

committee of the First Parish 1780, '82, *^, '87, assessor 1787. 
During the War of the Revolution Mr. Slack served on com- 
mittees of the town to raise men and money. 

Benjamin^ son of John, and brother of 509 (Need. Ephs., 
p, 18), was collector for the north side of the First Parish in 
1796, on its standing committee I799» 1800, town assessor 
1803, '06, '18-21, elected in '22 and declined, served in '24, 
'27, '28, '31, justice of the peace May 8, 1806—, and often 
moderator of town meetings, one of the three town agents 
18 13, '16, one of the inspecting school committee 1826, '27, 
'30, '32, '34, '35, and held many minor town offices. From 
1 798- 1 800 he had a law suit with the West Parish, he desir- 
ing to belong to the East Parish. Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. Ill, 
pp. 127 and 128. From April 8, 1805 -April 13, 1837, he was 
treasurer of the West Precinct, on its committee 1805-10, 
'14-36, moderator of no less than thirty-five of its meetings 
1804-37. The Slacks lived on Walnut Street, where are 
still standing some of the oldest houses in Wellesley. The 
births of six children of Benjamin are recorded in Needham. 

510 (Willow and urn.) 

Harrit H. S. I Wipe of | Nathaniel H. Tucker, | and daughter 
of I the late \ Ho« Wf? S. Moore, | Died | March 2sL»» 1833. | 

Aged 32 years. 

Her hope was fixed upon the Son of God 
for him she livedo in him^ she died, 
her triumph in heaven is eternal. 

Mr. Tucker lived in Needham, and m. secondly June 18, 
1837 (int. June 3), Harriet Bullen. He was not of the same 
race as the Honorable Enos Houghton Tucker, or related, as 
far as I can learn, to any other Tuckers who lived in Need- 
ham. (See the Tucker Gen.) 

611 Nathaniel H. Tucker | died | OcLy^ 1829 : | aged i year. 

Newton Loiver Falls i8i 

512 (East face of a monument.) 

EMMA CAROLINE, | died June 13, 1849 ; I aged 3 y!» 7 mo? 

She was b. in Needham, Nov. 8, 1845, dau. of Charles 
Rice, 2d, and Eliza Ann, his wife. The names of Charles 
Rice, 2d, who was a relative of Brigadier General Charles 
Rice of Needham, and of five other children of the former 
are on this monument, but I cannot learn that any of them 
were born or lived in Needham. Charles Rice, 2d, d. May 
15, 1877, and his wife d. Jan. 6, 1899. 

613 EBENEZER SMITH, | Died Jan. 31. 1870. | Aged 71 years. 

**fVi/ken Thou hadst overcome 
the sharpness of deaths Thou 
didst open the Kingdom of 
Heaven to all believers*^ 

He was b. Nov. 12, 1798, son of Jonathan, Jr., and Abigail 
Smith, and lived in Needham. 

614 ANN BUNCE | wife of Ebenezer Smith, | Died Dec. 15, 

1893, I Aged 84 years. 

'^Iler children arise up^ and call her blessed^ 

Ebenezer Smith of Needham and Ann Bunce of Natick 
were m. Mar. i, 1830 (int. Jan. 23). She d. in Natick. 

516 (Open Bible.) 

Rev. Chap. VII. on left hand page, and ver. 16. 17. on the right. 

George Homer Smith, | Died Jany 23, 1867. | Aged 23 yrs. 

7 mos. 

A graduate of Harvard | University ; Class of 1865. 

" In the name of the Father ^ and 
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 
— He rests'' 

He was b. June 9, 1843, son of 513 and 514. 

1 82 Saint Mary's Churchyard 

616 (Willow and urn.) 

DENNIS, \Sonqf\ Ehmezer ^ \ Ann Smith, \ died | Jan. 22, 

1835, I Aged 18 ms, 

Dennis was b. July 18, 1833. 

617 MARIA HARRIET, | daughter of | Ebenezer & Ann 

Smith I died Oct. 15, 1862, | aged 12 years. 

*^An inheritor 0/ the Kingdom 
of Heaven,^'* 

Maria H. was b. in Newton, Aug. i, 1850. (Need. T. Rec.) 



68 YEARS. 



The intention of marriage of Ebenezer Stedman of Weston 
and Eunice Morse of Natick was published in Weston Apr. 
I3> 1773- (Weston T. Rec.) 

Adam Beck says that when the Lexington alarm came 
Ebenezer was shingling the Slack house, in which the Hon- 
orable George White formerly lived, and that he immediately 
got his gun and joined his company, presumably Newton 

620 (Rose in a circle.) 

ELIZABETH D. | wife of | Amos Stevens, | & daughter of | Sam- 
uel & Priscilla | Mcintosh, | died May 25, 1849, I ^g^^ 3^ years. 

She was dau. of Samuel and Priscilla (Smith) Mcintosh, 
who were m. Sept. 24, 1810 (int. Sept. 2). (See 103 and 
Need. Ephs., pp. 29 and 30.) Elizabeth m. Amos Stevens 
Apr. 23, 1835. (Dr. Josiah Noyes's diary.) 

Col. William Mcintosh came to Needham in 1764, and 
his descendants have been prominent here until the present 

Newton Lower Falls 183 

time. For some account of the Colonel see the History of 
Norfolk County, 1884, p. 524, the History and Directory of 
Needham, 1888-89, Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. HI, p. 75, and the 
Needham Recorder, November 16, 1895. I will add a few 
items to the account of him on p. 29 of the Needham Epi- 

He was assessor 1767, '68, often moderator of town meet- 
ings, and was the most prominent member of the First Parish 
for many years, and on its standing committee 1779, '85, '88- 
93, '95-97. He was moderator of the first meeting of the 
First (East) Parish November 9, 1778. 

The remains of Col. Mcintosh were placed in his tomb, 
which is in the bank south of the Fuller tomb in the old 
graveyard at Needham. Much of the brick work was re- 
moved when the bank was graded, twenty or more years 
since, and some coffins were placed in lots, but the Colonel 
and several members of his family, including his son Major 
Ebenezer, still rest in their original sepulchre. There is a 
slab inscribed 

The Tomb of | Rev4 Stephen Palmer, & Col. Will™ Mclntofli. 

The bodies of Mr. Palmer, his wife, daughter Mills and 
two of the Mills children were placed in this tomb, and later 
buried in a lot. Mr. Palmer, who was much beloved by his 
people, was an able man, and his published sermons, unlike 
those of most of the earlier ministers, are still good reading 
as he was an interesting writer. See '' A Sermon occasioned 
by the Death of Colonel William M^^Intosh Who Died Jan- 
uary 3, 18 1 3, in the ninety-first year of his age. Delivered 
the Lord's Day after His Interment. By Stephen Palmer 
A. M." Boston, 18 13. There is a bronze S. A. R. marker 
in memory of Col. Mcintosh at the tomb. His name is in- 
scribed on the monument in a Mcintosh lot. Probably Col. 
Mcintosh had a more national reputation than any other 
citizen that Needham ever had, with the exception of Will- 

184 Saint Mary's Churchyard 

iam Thomas Green Morton, M. D., the discoverer of the use 
of ether as an anaesthetic in surgery. 

Major Ebenezer^ son of the colonel, is mentioned in the 
early volumes of the Ded. Hist. Reg. See Vol. II, p. 145. 
He was commissioned captain in 1797, major 1803. (ist 
Regiment, 2d Brigade, ist Division of the militia.) He was 
treasurer of the First Parish 1800-03, 'i3-i9» '26, collector 
1826, on its standing committee 1805, '07, '12-15, '17-19, 
'21-26, '30-32, eighteen years, the third longest service on 
that committee in the history of the parish. 

In 1798 Enoch Mills, Major Moses Mann, Captain Eben* 
ezer Mcintosh and Nathaniel Wilson, Jr., were chosen chor- 
isters, " to lead the tune in the Congregation." (First Parish 

On March 25, 1816, **Maj. Eben'.. Mflntosh George Fisher 
Cap*. Artemas Newell Cap'. Elisha Lyon Jeremiah Kingsbury 
Timothy Broad Jonathan Gay Ju! Were chosen a Committee 
to Lot out wood and sell on the Church Land for the pur- 
pose of furnishing the communion table with silver cups 
&c." (Record of the First Parish, which owned the " Church 
Land.") The history of the Church and Parish silver is so 
obscure that I am tempted to explain it. 

With the proceeds of this sale of wood the parish bought 
four plates and eight cups in 1816. In 1833 the church 
received a legacy from Mrs. Persis (Smith) Ware, widow of 
Lieut. Ephraim Ware (Need. Ephs., pp. 28 and 38), of 
$190.73 to purchase communion silver, and March 4, 1834, 
bought the four plates and one of the cups from the parish^ 
and had them inscribed as the gift of Persis Ware. This 
handsome communion service remained the property of the 
church and parish until 1883, when two plates and four cups 
were most unfortunately disposed of by the church. Mrs. 
Ware also left to the church in the West Parish a like sum 
of money with which in 185 1 a fine silver service was pur- 
chased. (History of the Wellesley Congregational Church, 
by Rev. Edward Herrick Chandler, p. 52, 1898.) 

Newton Lozvcr Falls 185 

In November, 1810, the First Church received under the 
will of Thomas Hubbard Townsend of Weston, formerly of 
Needham, a silver tankard, which in 1833 was sold, and two 
of the cups were obtained from the parish and inscribed as 
the gift of Mr. Townsend. At the present time the silver of 
the First Church and Parish consists of two of the original 
plates (1816), marked as the gift of Mrs. Ware 1833, four of 
the 1816 cups, viz: one marked with the name of Mrs. Ware 
1833, ^od two with that of Mr. Townsend, no date, and one 
cup inscribed simply "Needham First Church 1816." This 
silver was first used July 21, 18 16. The church has also 
a silver christening basin presented by the pastor, Rev. 
Stephen Palmer, A. M., 181 5, and first used May 5, 18 16. 
In June, 1816, a silver tankard was bought by subscription 
($36), and sold in 1826, when two plated flagons were pur- 
chased, and they are still in use. The church also owns a 
silver spoon with the date of 18 16 on it. The inscriptions 
on the different pieces of silver are longer than I care to 
give here. 

Major Mcintosh was pound keeper for a number of years,, 
selectman 1803-07, '18, '19, '21, '23, assessor 1821, assistant 
assessor 1822, '30. 

He kept the Mcintosh tavern which stood near the site of 
Charles Kingsbury Cutter's residence at the corner of Cen- 
tral and Great Plain Avenues. The Major was succeeded 
by Francis Mcintosh, he by Davis Collins Mills (203), who 
kept the tavern one year, and Mills by Nathan Mcintosh, 
son of the Major, whose successor, Isaac Mirick (Need. Ephs., 
p. 40), was the last to keep tavern on that spot. The build- 
ing was for some years a store and was burned. 

The locality where the tavern stood was in old times called 
Mcintosh's Corner, but for the past twenty-five years it has 
been known as Dog Corner. Several families of Mclntoshes 
live in this part of the town and it has been suggested by 
a number of citizens that the old name should be restored, 
but it is not easy to accomplish this at the present time. It 


1 86 Saint Marys Churchyard 

is to be hoped that in the future there will be a general in- 
terest in the preservation of historic names throughout the 
town. The excellent map of Metropolitan Boston, George 
H. Walker & Co., 1898, locates the tavern too far to the 
west and on the wrong side of Great Plain Avenue. Hurd's 
Corner, at the junction of Webster Street and Central Ave- 
nue, is a recognized name. It is directly in front of the 
Hurd homestead. Many years ago Reuben Hurd, who came 
from Rochester, N. H., became the owner of the estate which 
had been the residence of Lieutenant Colonel Silas Alden, 
an officer in the Revolution and familiarly known as '' Old 
Growl." William Emery Hurd, son of Reuben, succeeded 
his father and is the present owner. 

It is the wish of the writer that the large square between 
the home of the first minister in Needham, the Rev. Jona- 
than Townsend, A. M., and the site where the First Church 
was for one hundred and sixty-seven years, should be named 
Townsend Square or Townsend Park in honor of the min- 
ister. There is no local name in town to commemorate 
either Mr. Townsend or the third minister, Rev. Stephen 
Palmer, A. M., an exceptionally able and influential man. 

Royal 2inA Gideon, brothers of Major Ebenezer [Mcintosh], 
were soldiers in the Revolution in 1777 and 1778, and there 
are two bronze S. A. R. markers in the Mcintosh lot. (Need. 
Ephs., p. 30.) 

Royal was collector for the First Parish, north side, 1798, 
and on its standing committee 1803, sexton 1805-07, town 
assessor 1804, '05, selectman 1805, '07. The New England 
Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. Ill, p. 51, con- 
tains an account of some length of Dr. Nathan Mcintosh, 
son of Col. William, and one of the pioneers of the Marietta 
settlement in Ohio. In the biographical department of 
the New England Historic Genealogical Society are clip- 
pings from the Marietta Register for July 25, 1878, which 
give particulars as to the descendants of Dr. Nathan 

Newton Loivcr Falls 187 

Royal^ son of Royal, was on the standing committee of the 
First Parish 1838, and town assessor 1839. Both Thomas 
Hubbard Townsend and Royal Mcintosh, the younger, once 
lived in the house now the home of the writer. (See 103 and 
Need. Ephs., p. 30.) 

Michael^ Nathan and Ebenezer Whiting were all sons of 
Major Ebenezer and all are buried in Needham. (Need. 

Michael was selectman 1836, and his brothers were both 
on the standing committee of the First Parish in 1833, and 
all held minor town offices. 

Capt. Curtis^ another son of Major Ebenezer, was captain 
of a company of cavalry 1825-26 (ist Battalion of Cavalry, 
2d Brigade, ist Division). He was selectman 1827, '28. 
(Need. Ephs., p. 31.) 

Curtis^ son of Capt. Curtis, lives on the home place of 
Col. William Mcintosh, but the old house was removed about 
ten years since. 

Curtis was assessor 1887, but has usually declined town 
office. He was an independent candidate for special com- 
missioner of Norfolk County 1895, and received more votes 
in Needham than any other candidate for special commis- 
sioner. He owns j(> acres of land in Needham, is part owner 
of 24 acres additional, and members of his family own land 
in town. 

Capt. Davis Grants son of Charles, and grandson of Capt. 
Curtis, commanded large merchant ships and d. in China 
Oct. 13, 1897, aged 33. 

James Mackintosh^ as he elects to spell his surname, is a 
son of Ebenezer Whiting, and for a long period has been 
one of the most highly respected and influential citizens of 
the town. 

He was a surveyor of highways for some years under the 
old district system, and held various minor town offices. 

Mr. Mackintosh was selectman 1870, '75-77, *8i, elected in 
1882 and declined, 1884 (resigned in December), representa- 

1 88 Saint Mar/s Churchyard 

tive to the General Court 1876, ^77^ '81, chairman of the 
water commissioners 1890-March, 1896^ and has never been 
defeated when a candidate for a town office. 

In 1878 and '79 ^^ was a candidate at the polls for State 
senator, and in 1881 and '84 for county commissioner, and 
received a handsome vote each time. In 1881 more than 
two-thirds of the votes cast in Needham were for him. 

He invariably refused compensation for his services as 
selectman although in 1875-77 the annual salary was $yyo. 
In 1887 he raised the money to pay off the mortgage on the 
First Parish meeting house and land, and has always been a 
liberal giver. 

Mr. Mackintosh owns 211 acres of land in Needham, a 
holding exceeded only by that of George Adelbert Alden and 
Arthur Wallace Pope, who together have S28i acres, mem- 
bers of their families owning 1 8 acres more. There are but 
seven other holdings in the town that exceed 100 acres ; of 
these the heirs of Dr. Larkin Dunton have 184 acres, and 
John Frederick Bowers has 158 acres and also a third in- 
terest in 2oi acres additional. The other five large land- 
owners have estates varying from I02i to 154 acres. 

Mr. Mackintosh has also 14 acres in Wellesley, and Messrs. 
Alden and Pope have 1 14^ acres in that town. ** Strife 
Meadow Brook" flows between the Mackintosh farm and 
Ridge Hill. Strife Meadow Brook and Birch Meadow are 
referred to in the town records as early as 17 14. 

Although seventh in the list of landowners George Otis 
Kingsbury has besides 130 acres in Needham, 85 acres in 
Dover, and members of his immediate family own 26 acres 
in Needham. Edmund George Pond and family own 68i 
acres in Needham and some 35 acres in Dover. Nathaniel 
Wales has 63^ acres in Needham and 38 acres in Wellesley. 
Neither Mr. Pond nor Mr. Wales are included among the 
large landowners previously referred to, as their estates in 
Needham are less than 100 acres. For brief sketch and por- 
trait of Mr. Mackintosh see "One of a Thousand," 1890. 

Newton Lower Falls 189 

His son, Herbert Butler^ graduated at Harvard University 
in 1897, and is now a student in the Law School of Boston 

William Harrison [Mcintosh], son of Michael, was a con- 
stable in 1868, '69, selectman, overseer of the poor, town 
agent, etc., 1882, '83, assessor 1885. Both William H. and 
Michael, his father, are buried at Needham and their names 
are on a new monument. 

The Mclntoshes have been prominent in other places. 
Only the briefest mention can be made of individuals in this 

621 FREDERICK, | son of Amos 6- | Elizabeth D. \ Stevens, | 

died I Mar. 16, 1838, | Aged i month. 

522-523 (South face of a monument.) 

In memory of | Henry Bartlett, | who died | Oct. 29, 1840, | 

aged 67 years. 

Also his wife | Hannah | who died | April 3, 1823, | aged 42 


Henry made several voyages to the West Indies, and 
elsewhere, in his younger days. He lived in Needham, 
and Adam Beck states that he recalls anecdotes told by Mr. 
Bartlett of experiences on the sea and in foreign lands. He 
had five children by his wife, Hannah Fisher, whose births 
are recorded in Needham. 

524 LEVI JENNINGS, | died Nov. i8, 1870, | aged 79 yrs. 

He was son of Ethel Jennings (409). Levi was hogreave 
1817, '18. For many years he lived in Weston, but earlier 
lived on what is now Grove Street in Needham, in the 
house now owned by the heirs of Josiah Bean. The birth 
of his daughter Phebe G., Dec. 29, 1821, is recorded in 

190 Saint Marys Churchyard 

626 PHEBE, | wife of | Levi Jennings, | died June 25, 1862, | 

JSX. 68 yrs. 

The intention of marriage of Levi Jennings and Phebe 
Goodanow was recorded in Needham, Jan. 18, 18 17. 

626 Levi Jennings Jr. | DIED | Apr. 21, 1866, | Aged 42 


We part to meet again, 


JOHN M. JOY, I DIED JAN. 26, 1870, | AGED 44 YRS. 

9 MOS. 



58 YRS. 

He was 44 yrs., 9 mos., 3 dys., and was b. in Montville, 
Me., son of Benjamin and Fannie Joy. The date of his 
death as recorded in the town records does not agree with 
that on the stone. He came from near Belfast, Me. 



(containing G) 

GEN. CHARLES RICE | 1 788-1863 

He was b. in Brighton, Dec. 26, 1787, d. in Needham, Nov. 
20, 1863, son of John and Mary (Lee) Rice. 

Charles Rice of Dorchester and Lucy Mann were m. in 
Needham, Nov. 23, 1809. (T. and Ch. Recs.) She is buried 
in Needham. (Need. Ephs., p. 28.) 

He was surveyor of highways 1819, '20, Lower Falls dis- 
trict school committee 1820, prudential school committee 

Newton Lower Falls 191 

1837, selectman 1825, '27, '28, '30, '32, '33, assessor 1826, 
elected and declined 183 1, representative to the General 
Court 1829, '31, fireward 1837-40, assistant assessor 1850, 
justice of the peace. 

On May 7, 1831, "Gen^" Charles Rice was "Signed to the 
First parish in Needham." 

On November 11, 1833, he was on a committee "to Sell 
the old School house in the south district." 

He was a leader in the Democratic party. 

From 1825-27 he was lieutenant colonel of the ist Regi- 
ment, 2d Brigade, ist Division of militia, and in 1828 became 
general of the brigade. 

He was a prominent freemason and a member of Meridian 
lodge of which Peter Lyon, Esq. (47), Lemuel Lyon (553), 
Seth Dewing and the late James Smith (p. 17) were also 
members. This lodge was instituted in 1797 and met in 
Sargent's tavern at the junction of Washington and Worces- 
ter Streets. 

630 MARIA RICE | 1800-1887 

531 MARY, I daughter of | Charles and | Maria Rice, | died 

May 28, 1852 : | aged 19 years. 

We part to meet again. 

There are four stones in the lot. 

532-640 (South face of a monument.) 

NATHANIEL WALES | Died Mar. 3, 1864, | Aged 86 yrs. 

SALLY, I his wife | Died Nov. 22, 1802, | Aged 26 yrs. 

ABAGAIL J. I his wife | Died Mar. 26, 1870, | Aged 86 yrs. 10 mos. 


192 Saint Mar/s Churchyard 

(West face.) 

NATHANIEL WALES, Jun- | Died Feb. i, 1873, | Aged 70 yrs. 

CATHERINE C. | wife of | Nath. Wales Jr. | Died Apr. 21, 1891,} 

Aged 77 yrs. 11 dys. 

EMMA WALES KEITH | Died Jan. 24, 1897, | Aged 61 yrs. 

(East face.) 

MARTHA J. I Died Sept. 16, 181 1, | Aged i yr. 

BENJAMIN I Died June 16, 1819. 

EMELINE C. I Died Apr. i, 1829, | Aged 21 yrs. 

Children of\N. 6^ A, Wales. 

There are nine small stones in this lot. 

Nathaniel (532) was b. in Watertown, Apr. 20, 1778, and 
lived in Newton, except for a time when he was in Canada, 
and kept a hotel, or tavern as it was then called, at Newton 
Lower Falls. Wales Street was named for him, or because 
the Wales Tavern was near by. He was a son of Elkanah 
and Susanna (Coolidge) Wales, who were m. Nov. 11, 1773. 
(Bond's Watertown.) 

His wife, Sally, whom he married iii 1801, was a Mills. 
His second wife, Abigail J., was b. May 24, 1783, dau. of 
Edward and Abigail (Smith) Jackson. (Jackson's New- 

In 1812 Mr. Wales attended St. Mary's Church (Episcopal). 
A grandson of Nathaniel Wales, also named Nathaniel, is a 
prominent and respected citizen of Needham, and was for 
two years superintendent of streets here. Mr. Wales owns 
a farm on Great Plain Avenue, near the Wellesley line, which 
belonged at different periods to Jabez Smith and to Lemuel 
Pratt. A short distance ^uih of Mr. Wales's barn, on the 
opposite side of the road, is a ledge on which within the 
recollection of persons now living were the remains of a 

Newton Lower Falls 193 

On March 13, 1721, a committee was chosen to care for 
the "Stock of amminifhon for y* Company," and July 12, 
1753, the town voted to provide a place "to Keep the Town 
stock of ammunition & Arms." On May 8, 1800, it was 
voted " to build a Powder House," and a committee was ap- 
pointed to do so. 

Nathaniel Wales, Jr., (535) was b. Sept. 27, 1803, son of 
532 and 534. He lived in Needham, and among other town 
offices held by him was that of auditor 1859, selectman 1858- 
60. He was uncle of the Nathaniel now living in Need- 

Catherine Clark was b. Apr. 11, 1814, dau. of 291 and 
292, m. Nathaniel Wales of Newton, Apr. 9, 1835 (int. 
Mar. 21). 

Emma Wales Keith was dau. of 535 and 536. 


Henry Griswold | Perkins | BORN, | In HARTLAND Vt. | 
February 14, 1797 | DIED, | At GRANTVILLE Mass. | 

September 13, 1856. 

He was cashier of the Boston and Worcester Railroad 
Company twenty-two years, and was son of Francis and 
Sarah (Dennison) Perkins. 


LOUISA R. PERKINS, | Wife of | Henry G. Perkins | DIED | 

Jan. 23, 1853, I Agedji, 

" HE giveth HIS beloved sleeps 

Infant son of | Henry G. & Alice B. Patten, | Oct. 5, 1884. 

She was b. in Woodstock, Vt., dau. of David and Susan 
(Damon) Dutton, m. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., 1821, Henry G. 

194 Saint Marfs Churchyard 


Charlotte Porter | WIFE OF | Henry G. Perkins | Sept. 23, 

18 10. Aug. 23, 1890. 

"Z>/ her own words praise her" 

The intention of marriage of Henry G. Perkins and Char- 
lotte Porter of Dover, N. H., was recorded in Needham Apr. 
IS, 1856. 

646 HENRY PERKINS | DIED | Mar. 3, 1851 : | ^^^^28. 

"/ know that my Redeemer iiveth." 

646 JOHN S. PERKINS | DIED | July 9, 1854 : | Aged ^4. 

" O grave where is thy victory.*^ 

He was a teacher, and was b. in Ludlow, Vt., son of 541 
and 542. 

647 (Monogram.) 


As dyings and behold^ we live. 

FRANCIS WILLIAM PERKINS | Born in Boston Mass. | 25 
May 1841 : | Died in New Orleans La. | 6 March 187 1. 

It is said that he was assassinated in his office. 


The LORD shall give thee rest. 

1828 APRIL 7 I CLAUDIUS B. PATTEN | 1886 MAY 22 

Claudius Buchanan was b. in Kingston, N. H., son of Col- 
cord and Maria (Fletcher) Patten. He was elected a mem- 
ber of the school committee of Needham in i86i for three 
years, but resigned early in 1863. 

Newton Lower Falls 195 

On April 29, 1861, he was chosen one of the military com- 
mittee of the town. He removed to Boston in the sixties, 
and was killed by the cars at Savin Hill. 

He m. Mary D. Perkins (int. June 25, 1855), who was b. in 
Keene, N. H., Apr., 1833, dau. of 541 and 542. 

549 (Front.) 

LORD JESUS I receive my spirit 




Sacred to the Memory of 

Ellen Louisa Perkins | wife of | Charles E. Parker | 
Died, 22^ of April 1857. | M 31 Yrs. 

She was b. in Cabot, Vt., dau. of 541 and 542, m. in 1846 
Charles Edward Parker, an architect in Boston, who is buried 
next to her. She d. in Auburndale. Her second son, Wal- 
ter Horatio, who 

"died I July 26, 1852, | aged i year and | 9 months." 

is buried with her. 

660 SETH LYON, | Died | September 27, 1857, | aged 76 yrs. 

This mortal must put on 

He was b. in Milton, Jan. 22, 1781, son of Jacob and Jeru- 
sha (Tucker) Lyon. 

Jacob had no less than eight sons. He was blind in his 
old age. The Honorable Enos H. Tucker remembers him. 

Seth had six children whose births are recorded in Need- 
ham. He was a brother of Peter and of the Deacon. 

196 Saint Marys Churchyard 

For Peter see 47. For Capt or Deacon or "Squire" 
Elisha see sketch, with a portrait, in the History of Norfolk 
County, 1884, p. 539. Elisha was collector for the First 
Parish 18 19 and had .04^% as compensation, one of its stand- 
ing committee 1820-22, '24-26, '28, '42, '45, deacon of the 
First Church September i, 1826-May 19, 1849. (Ded. Hist. 
Reg., Vol. ni, p. 75.) He also held many minor town offices 
such as highway surveyor, and was representative to the 
General Court 1816, '39, '40, selectman 1816, *i8, '19, '21, 
'23, '25, '27, '37-41, '45-47, assistant assessor 1821, one of 
the inspecting school committee 1831-33, assessor 1837, 
elected in '41 and declined, '44, town treasurer 1839-52, 
justice of the peace February 17, 1824-, and was often mod- 
erator of town and parish meetings. While he was the town 
treasurer his house was burned with some property of the 
town in it. In 1714 or early in 171 5 the house of Matthias 
Ockinton, one of the two constables and tax collectors for 
1 7 14, was burned with the tax list and his account book, re- 
sulting in some complications. Lyon's Bridge between 
Needham and Dedham and Lyon Street in Dedham, both 
near the Lyon homestead, take their names respectively from 
" Squire " Lyon and from his son Elisha Hiram, The latter 
paid for the re-building of the road now Lyon Street. The 
former d. May 14, 1862, aged 84, and is buried in Need- 
ham. He was a man of ability and strong character. 

His son Lentuely or brother Lemuel^ was collector for the 
First Parish 1828 at 4% **he being the lowest bidder." 
Lemuel, the younger, became a prominent man and d. in 
Japan while United States consul there. (Need. Ephs., 
p. 44.) His son, Israel Whitney ^ is a liberal benefactor of 
the First Church. 

Another son of Deacon Lyon, Joshua Brown, was elected 
selectman in 1842 but declined. He was major 1835, 
lieutenant colonel 1836, '37, colonel 1838, ist Regiment, 
2d Brigade, ist Division of the militia. He is buried in 
Needham. (Need. Ephs., p. 41.) 

Newton Lower Falls 197 

661 ELIZA WILLIAMS, | wife of | SETH LYON, | Died | 

Looking unto Jesus, | January 8, 1865, | 

aged 79 yrs. 

She was b. in Lincoln, dau. of Thomas and Hannah Wil- 
liams. Seth Lyon of Needham and Eliza Williams of Wes- 
ton were m. Mar. 26, 1807 (Weston T. Rec), int. Feb. 20. 
(Need. T. Rec.) 

662 HELEN M. LYON, | wife of | ISAAC HAGAR, | Died | 

Oct. 14, 1890, I aged 65 yrs. 

Helen Maria was b. June i, 1825, dau. of 550 and 551. 

663 LEMUEL LYON | Was Born in Milton Mass. | Feb. 16, 

1783, I And Died in Needham | March 13, 1843. 

^* As we have borne the image of the earthly^ 
we shail also bear the image of the heavenly ^^ 

Brother of 550. He was a freemason. The births of six 
of his children are recorded in Needham. He was a gun- 
smith, and lived in an old house still standing on the easterly 
side of Walnut Street near the Lower Falls bridge. Either 
he or his nephew " bid o£f " the care of the meeting house, 
which included ringing the bell, cutting and housing wood, 
etc., in 1834 for %\2 for the year. (First Parish Rec.) Mr. 
Tucker thinks it was the nephew, Lemuel the younger. 

664 THANKFUL DAMON | Wife of Lemuel Lyon, | Was Born 
in Scituate | Oct. 20, 1783, | And Died in Needham | Feb. 

16, 1859. 

^^ Her children rise up and call her blessed.** 

666 MEHITABLE G. | Wife of | GEORGE W. LYON, | Died 

Aug. 9, 1846, I i£t. 20 yrs. 


198 Saint Mar/s Churchyard 

656-662 (South face of a monument.) 

AMOS LYON, I Died March. 21?. | 1861, | aged 73 years. 

Mrs. ABIGAIL LYON, | Died February 13^^ | 1870, | aged 83 


(East face.) 

MARIA L. LYON, | Died October ii»h | 1821, | aged 2 years. 
HENRY L. LYON, | Died August i3i!i | 1829, | aged 6 years. 

(North face.) 
MARIA L. DUNBAR, | Died April 6, 1854, | aged 32 Years. 

(West face.) 
MARIA L. LYON, | Died October 27!^ | 1817, | aged 2 Years. 
HENRY L. LYON. | Died November ^ \ 1818, | aged 5 days. 

Amos was b. in Milton, Jan. 24, 1788, brother of 550. 
Amos and Abigail (Greenwood) Lyon had a dau. Abigail, 
who d. in Hanover, Mass., Aug. 9, 1893, aged 80 yrs., 9 mos. 
Amos was a paper manufacturer. See 47. 

Abigail (557) was b. in Dublin, N. H., Sept. 28, 1786, dau. 
of Isaac and Abigail (Jackson) Greenwood. (Jackson's His- 
tory of Newton.) 

663 JN\ memory of \ LUCY AMANDA \ daughter o/\ Morti- 
mer &* Lucy H, I L YON^ \ who died March \ 28, 1832, | aged 

16 months. 

This lovely bud^ so young dr* fair^ 
Call*d hence by earthly doom. 
Came but to show how sweet a flower 
In Paradise might bloom. 

Mortimer was son of 556, and lived in Needham. His 
child Alvin Ayer was b. there Oct. 20, 1843. (Need. T. Rec.) 

Newton Lower Falls 199 

564 Henry Mortimer \Sonqf\ Mortimer 6f* Lucy H. \ L VON, \ 
died March ^, 1836 \ ^. 3 yrs. 6* g Mo. 

Sleep on dear Boy and take your rest, 
From care and sorrow free; 
While we O God in silence bow, 
Submissively to thee. 

^65 (WUlow and urn.) 

In Memory of | LUCY £LL£N, | Daug. of Jesse, & | Mehetable 
Lyon: | who died | Nov. ^1^ 1826 : | aged 16 Months. 

Yes we shall meet sweet babe 

No more to part: 
I yet shall clasp the darlingj 

Of my heart. 
Prostrate before thy throfie^ 

O power Divine ; 
I kiss the rod and willingly 


Jesse [Lyon], brother of 550, m. Feb. 11, 18 17 (int. Jan. 
25), Hitty, dau. of Elisha and Meliscent (Winch) Frost of 
Framingham, and removed to Fitchburg, (Temple's Fram- 
ingham and Need. T. Rec.) She is called Mehitable in the 
latter. Jesse had four daus. and two sons. 

Charles Hiram [Lyon] of Needham, son of Peter (47), and 
Sarah Train of Weston were m. May 22, 1828, by Charles 
Train of Framingham. (Weston T. Rec.) Charles H. was 
b. June 9, 1806, d. in Dorchester, Oct. 11, 1889. He was a 
prominent paper manufacturer, and had mills at Newton 
Lower Falls and at Chaplin, Conn. He was an Episcopalian. 

Charles H.^Jr., and his wife are buried in this (St. Mary's) 
cemetery, and the stone, which is in memory of both, is 
inscribed with a square and compasses, 

Joseph Warren [Lyon], son of Peter (47) by his second wife, 
was major 1828-31 inclusive of the ist Regiment, 2d Brigade, 
1st Division of the militia. John Welles [Lyon], brother of 
Joseph W., was a lieutenant, and both of them were members 

200 Saint Mary's Churchyard 

of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, as were 
Col. William B. Parker, Lieut. Paul Dewing and other Need- 
ham men. Joseph W. moved to Taunton and John W. to 
the West. The latter d. in Indianapolis. 

Parker, Dewing and John W. Lyon were officers of the 
Norfolk Rifle Rangers. (See pp. ii and 12.) From Dr. 
Josiah Noyes's diary I quote the following under date of 
November 3, 1832, "Training of the new Company of Rifle 
Rangers and Shooting match at East Needham." 

Josiah was a minute man April 19, 1775, 2LtiA Josiah^ Jr.^ 
was in the East Company, but their relationship, if any, to 
the Lyon family that came from Milton is unknown to the 


MARCH 25, 1807 I MARCH 4, 1897 


Moses Garfield, 2d, son of George, and grandson of Lieut. 
Moses, was collector for the First Parish 1837, ^^^ perhaps 
had served on its standing committee 1831-35. Selectman 
1839-41. He m. Martha S. Rice of Newton (int. Jan. 4, 

Lieut. Moses was collector for the First Parish 1789, on its 

standing committee 1 798-1 800, and either he or his grandson 

1831-35. (Mr. Tucker says it was the elder Moses.) The 

Lieutenant was selectman 1803, '04, '06, '08, '12-19, "added 

to the assessors" in 1813 and 1830. He was one of the 

West Precinct committee 1809-15, '18-30, and its moderator 

in 1825. He was buried in his tomb at Needham. (Need. 

Ephs., p. 55 and Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. IV, p. 30.) 

567 (Willow and urn.) 

Erected | In Memory of | Mrs. Abigail, | Wife of \ £ph% Hyde; \ 

who died \ Sep'- 21, 1812 : | -^t. 63. 

2^ Person inter*d in this Yard. 

The Old Graveyard^ West Needham 201 

Inscriptions from stones erected in the old graveyard in 
Wellesley in 1 899. 


MAR. 28. 1788. I NOV. 30. 187 1. 

See 60-63 pp. 37 and 38. This epitaph is numbered 574 
rather than 568 in order to indicate the exact number in the 

676 WILLARD KINGSBURY. | JUNE 15. 1815. | MAR. 24. 


He was son of 60 and 574. 

"For a thousand years in Thy sight ark but as 
ykstkriiay wiikn it is past, and as a 

WATCH IN THK night." 


THE following notes have accumulated while this volume 
of epitaphs was in press, and a few corrections of punc- 
tuation and style of lettering are added : 

P. la Moses, son of Nathaniel Bullard of Needham, was 
bapt. Mar. 24, 1734. (Natick Ch. Rec.) There appears to 
have been but one John Bullard who was a soldier in the 
Revolution, and John should be printed in italics hut once. 
Nathaniel Bullard, the deputy sheriff who died in 18 16, was 
apparently identical with the drummer of that name in the 

P. 21. Epitaph 8, Hadassah Stevens, for Cap' read Capi . 

1*. 23. The intention of marriage of Abijah Stevens and 
Anna Brown was recorded Nov. 8, 1821. (T. Rec.) 

P. 24. Epitaph 25, George Stevens, read Mr. 

Epitaph 26, read Ml* Sybel Stevens, | Wife of Mr Epii- 
raim Stevens 

Epitaph 27, read M; Efhraiu Stevens 

P. 29. Epitaph 40, read Mks. Maky Daniulls 

Epitaph of Chester Daniels {41) read Mr. Mrs. 20"' 

P. 30. Dorothy Bullard, Jr., was admitted to full com- 
munion October 25, 1741, and Ephraim Bullard February 28, 
1741/2. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

A recent survey confirms the correctness of that made by 
Asa Kingsbury in 1831 as to the area of Lake Waban. It 

Additions and Corrections 203 

is about 120 acres, but has been incorrectly stated in dif- 
ferent publications. Nason and Varney's Gazetteer of Mas- 
sachusetts, 1890, calls the area 300 acres. By a singular 
oversight no mention was made on p. 30 of the well-known 
Bullard's Hill, which is between Wellesley College and Blos- 
som Street. 

, P. 31. Beulah Goodenow (44), dau. of Isaac Goodenow, 
was bapt. Feb. 19, 1748/9. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

P. 32. Mercy Peabody (46) was bapt. July 30, 1732. (Na- 
tick Ch. Rec.) 

1^- 33- The full name of Mrs. Parker was Harriet Eliza- 
beth and she was b. Feb. 13, 181 5. (T. Rec.) 

P. 34. Mrs. "Louis" Baker (50) was b. Sept. 15, 1734, 
and her brother, Samuel Brown (51), was b. Nov. 16, 1736, 
and according to a record given me by his great-grandson d. 
Apr. 28, 1 8 17. 

They were not the children of William and Mary (Pain) 
Brown, but of Robert and Mercy (Smith) Brown. Mercy 

was b. Apr. 23, 1701, d. 1743. She was the widow of 

Fowle when she m. Robert Brown Mar. 27, 1728. Robert 
was b. in Newton. On October 11, 1899, the remains of 
Samuel (51) and those of several members of his family, 
including Betsey, whose original gift by will to the church in 
the West Precinct (see p. 36) was $(xyoo, were removed to 
the lot of Harvey Samuel Brown in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

P. 47. Epitaph of Timothy Hunting (64). For Mr read 
Mr. and for Oct. read 061. 

P. 55. As the style of the lettering and the punctuation 
of epitaph 98 is slightly inaccurate, it is repeated correctly : 

In Memory of | M^l^Rebeca Smith | Wife 0/ Mr George Smith ; | 
Who died Oct: 30, 1801 : | ^tatis 26. 

P. 59. The wife of Aaron Smith, Jr., was admitted to the 
church at Natick February 6, 1791. Eunice (107 and 329), 
"about 5 y?, old" was bapt. Feb. 13, 1791, Priscilla Dec. 4, 

204 Additions and Corrections 

1 791, and Sukey Gurney Mar. 23, 1794, daus. of Aaron Smith, 
Jr. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

P 61. Epitaph of Elizabeth F. Smith (109). For daug^ 
read daugT and for Mrs read Mrs, 

Epitaph of Sibbel Ware (iii) read Mrs. Mr. 

P. 64. Epitaph of the Ware children (116-118). For Mr 
read Mr, and for Mrs read Mrs, 

Epitaph of Lydia Maria Ware (119). For Cp^ read CapL 

P. 70. Samuel " Macentire " was admitted to full com- 
munion July 20, 1740. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

In epitaph 143 read Mrs. Mehitable Fuller, | Wife of \ 

P. 81. Samuel Greenwood, presumably identical with the 
father of 171, was a minute man from Needham. 

P. 82. Hannah Greenwood (173) is said to have been 
dau. of Moses and Mehitable (Rice) Peirce. If Dr. Bond is 
right in his statement that Hannah dau. of Benjamin and 
Mary (Lamson) Peirce m. Samuel Greenwood, it must have 
been her older sister of the same name who was b. Mar. i, 
1753. (See epitaph and Weston T. Rec.) 

In epitaph 173 read Mrs. Mr,, and in epitaph 174, William 
Greenwood, read Sam{ M^.' 

P. 84. Epitaph of Calvin Broad (185) read Mr Mr' This 
inscription is obscured by a tree. 

Thomas Broad and Rebecca, his wife, were admitted to full 
communion September 19, 1742, and Timothy, their son, was 
bapt. Dec. 8, 1745. The church records also contain bap- 
tisms of the children of Thaddeus Broad. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 
Major Hezekiah (pp. 84 and 154) is buried at South Natick, 
as are other former inhabitants of Needham, and there is an 
S. A. R. marker in his memory. 

P. 88. Epitaphs 194 and 195 are difficult to examine, as 
stated on p. Z%, but apparently there are periods after Mrs 
(Mrs) and Mr in both instances. 

P. 90. In the epitaph of Charles Mills (202), last line of 
the verse, for Thats^s read That^s, 

Additions and Corrections 205 

P. 107. The number of persons whose remains have been, 
removed from the old graveyard to Woodlawn Cemetery now 
greatly exceeds one hundred and forty, and undertaker 
George H. Robbins has made all, or nearly all, of the re- 
movals, and the words "many of" in the last line but one on 
p. 107 should have been omitted. 

P. III. Dr. William Deming (261) and wife were admit- 
ted to the church at Natick in 1760, and five of their children 
were bapt. 1761-70. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

P. 139. Epitaph 349 is repeated to supply punctuation: 

In memory of | Mv* Jane Cope, | who departed this life | DecL 
26*** 1 78 1 : in the 71^ | year of her age. 

P. 140. The Natick church records contain many items 
relating to the Drury family. John and Anna^ his wife, were 
members as early as 1735. 

P. 141. Epitaph 356, Hezekiah Fisk, read Mr Mrf, Epi- 
taph 357 read Mr, and epitaph 358 for Mr read Mr. 

P. 143. It is extremely probable that Hannah Fisk who 
was shot was a younger sister of 362. Very faint dents on 
stones 361-364 indicate periods as follows : Daugr Caf^. Mrs. 

P. 145. Epitaph 372, read Mrs. LYDIA, | wife of Mr | 
Jeremiah Gay, \ Like most of the corrections this is one of 

P. 146. The Bacons were early members of the "English 
Church" at Natick, and many of their children were bap- 
tized by its pastors. 

In epitaph 375 insert comma after HAMMOND, and in 
376 read M! M*? 

P. 147. Epitaph 377, read Mrs. | ZERUIAH BACON, 

P. 149. Timothy, son of John Bacon, was bapt. Apr. 14, 
1 75 1. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

P. 151. Epitaph 388, read M*:* Abigail Underwood | 
Wife of M*: The Underwoods were connected with the 

2o6 Additions aud Corrections 

Natick church, and its records contain much in reference to 
them from 1730. 

On Oct. II, 1710, Jonathan and his six children, viz.: 
Joseph, Isaac, Abigail, Hannah, Mary and Elizabeth were 
bapt., and the same day Abigail (388), wife of John, was 
admitted to full communion. Bapt. Oct. 11, 1767, "Beriah 
about 13 y" old Son of WidS^ Lydia Sparhawk " (Natick Ch. 

P. 152. William (392), son of John Goodenow, was bapt. 
Jan. 7, 173 1. (Natick Ch. Rec.) In epitaph read Mr* 

P. 153. Capt. John Goodenow was a prominent member 
of the church early in its history, and Isaac and others of the 
family were members later. Ruth (392), wife of John Good- 
enow of Needham, was admitted to full communion Septem- 
ber 17, 1732. 

Isaac, son of Isaac, was bapt. Aug. 5, 1739. Both John 
and Isaac had several children baptized at Natick. (Natick 
Ch. Rec.) 

P. 155. Edward Ward presented a tankard to the church 
in Natick August 23, 1730. 

Edward was admitted February 6, 1742/3, and came from 
the Newton church. 

Benjamin (397), son of Benjamin Ward of Needham, was 
bapt. May, 1776. (Natick Ch. Rec.) 

P. 176. George W. Hoogs (495) kept both a tavern and a 
store. Nicknames were formerly more common in Need- 
ham than at the present time, and Mr. Hoogs did not escape. 

P. 180. First line : John Slack was town assessor in 1787. 
No mention is made in this book of service as assessor of the 
First Parish. John Slack and his son Benjamin were select- 
men. For particulars see Needham Epitaphs. 

In conclusion the author wishes to say that the greatest 
care has been used in the preparation of this book, but that 
he has been frequently reminded of a statement made many 
years ago by Mr. Henry Stevens, to this effect : ** If you are 

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troubled with a pride of accuracy and would have it com- 
pletely taken out of you, print a catalogue." If Mr. Slevens 
had had an extensive experience with epitaphs he might have 
suggested another severe test of accuracy. 

The stone cutters, or engravers, were often illiterate and 
were capable of almost any eccentricity. For example the 
words Mr. Mrs. M!: and Ml? have the periods in five cases out 
of six, but it is not safe to assume anything as to gravestone 
punctuation. Some of the stones are too rough and the 
lettering too obscure to be fit subjects for the camera, which 
gives the best reproduction of epitaphs. The fact that punc- 
tuation is not visible is no evidence that there is none, or 
was none. In a number of instances periods and commas 
were brought to light by cleaning the stones, but this labo- 
rious method could not conveniently be generally applied. 
Many of the periods are tiny dents in the stones and easily 
escape notice. Some comparatively modern inscriptions lack 
the period after Mr., &c. For fifteen years the writer has 
been accustomed to copying epitaphs, has devoted a great 
deal of time to perfecting his manuscript for this book, and 
has read the proof by the originals, but photography would 
probably disclose imperfections. The omission of almost 
obliterated or erratic punctuation constitutes the chief danger 
to the copyist who aspires to be accurate. It is a noticeable 
fact that a bright day does not necessarily at all hours give 
a good light on the inscriptions. When the conditions are 
favorable the letters are quite distinct, but a slight change 
in the position of the sun will leave them shaded. 

A very small edition of this book will be issued, as the 
demand for such books is limited, but if it is found useful 
to genealogists and others in the years to come the object of 
its publication will be fully realized. 

In but few instances are the names of the stone cutters 
visible, if there are any, on the older stones. 

On the gravestone of Capt. Abel Stevens (p. 21), who 
died in 1814, are the words "Engraved by J. Park Littleton,'* 

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on that of Samuel Brown (p. 34), died in 18 17, is inscribed 
" By Wm Park 2* Harvard." In Harvard there was a slate 
quarry, and many gravestones were cut there within the 
recollection of the writer, who lived in that town 1865-70. 

On the gravestone of Ephraim Stevens (p. 25), died 1843, 
is the name of E. W. Houghton, and on another Stevens 
stone, of a few years* later date, is that of " W™ Harlow Jr 
Boston ". 

The gravestone of Lieut. William Fuller (p. 116), died 
1827, was apparently obtained from Runey & Stafford, Cam- 
bridge. Runnels & Co. of Waltham did a large business in 
this locality forty-five years ago, and perhaps earlier. The 
name Runnels has been familiar on gravestones and monu- 
ments for many years. 


AS no list of the assessors of the Town of Needham has 
ever been published, and as I have mentioned in this 
book a majority of the men who were assessors prior to the 
division of the town in iSSi, I here complete the list, also 
mentioning the other more important town offices held by 
them. The notes to the Needham Epitaphs do not contain 
any references to service as assessor except on pp. 46-65 ; 
none of the earlier assessors are indicated. 

Capt. John Fisher 1714, '22-26, also selectman, and in 
171 1, town clerk 1722, '25-27, treasurer 1727, '31, '32. (Need. 
Ephs., p. 3.) He was a petitioner in 1710 for the incorpora- 
tion of the town, and captain of the first company of militia 
formed in Needham. 

Deacon Jeremiah Woodcock 1712-14, '19, '22, also select- 
man, and in 1733 held the latter office; petitioner in 1710 
for the incorporation of the town, deacon of the First Church 
May 17, 1720-January 7, 1729/30. (Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. 
HI, p. 73, and Vol. IV, p. 176.) 

On December 4, 1711, the selectmen and Jonathan Gay, 
Jeremiah Woodcock, Thomas Metcalf and Eleazer Kings- 
bury were chosen a committee to "Stake and Bound outt a 
pleace for the Buerring of the dead of this town in." They 
staked out the well-known place where interments are said 
to have been made prior to 1711, the first that of a child in 

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the winter. During the first twenty years (from 1711-31) 
action was taken by the town to fence in the graveyard, and 
on one occasion a day was appointed when all the men were 
to meet there to clear it up. 

The forty petitioners for the incorporation of Needham, 
May, 1 7 10, represented upwards of twenty families, but de- 
scendants of only five of these families are living in town in 
1899, viz. : Mills, two races of Kingsburys, Fuller — the latter 
family, once numerous and prominent, is now represented 
by two young ladies — and Alden is the fifth. Two or three 
families might be added if Wellesley were included. 

The names of Woodcock, Ware, Daniell and Dewing have 
disappeared from our voting lists in recent years. 

William Eaton was taxed in Needham in 1712 and is the 
ancestor of Eatons now residing on "The Great Plain." 

Richard Moore was assessor 17 12-14, also selectman, town 
clerk four months in 17 14, petitioner in 17 10 for the incor- 
poration of the town. 

T.ieut. Thomas Metcalf 17 14, '15, *i8, '23, '27, '30, '31, also 
selectman, one of the petitioners in 17 10 for the incorpora- 
tion of the town, and town treasurer in 1713, chosen deacon 
of the First Church April 20, 1720, but declined. (Need. 
Ephs., p. 4.) 

John Rice 1715, *i6, '18, '20, also selectman, chosen repre- 
sentative to the General Court and declined 1715. 

Josiah Newell 1719, '22, '24, '25, also selectman, town clerk 
1 719, chosen deacon of the First Church April 20, 1720, and 
declined. (Need. Ephs., p. 7.) 

Joseph Boyden 1721, also selectman. 

Andrew Dewing 1725, '27, also selectman, petitioner in 
1 7 10 for the incorporation of the town. 

Lieut. Andrew had a garrison house very early somewhere 
on the east bank of the Charles River. Horace Mann 
located the site in Wellesley about thirty rods below the 
Sudbury River aqueduct. For an account of the Dewings 
see Mr. Mann's articles in the Needham Recorder for Novem- 

Appendix 2 1 1 

ber 23 and 30, 1895, and March 21, 1896. De wing's Brook 
is one of the principal streams in Wellesley, and unites with 
Waban Brook. Both brooks run into the Charles River not 
far from the " Nine Arch Bridge.'* 

John Fisher, Esq., was assessor 1732, '33, '36, '45, '47, also 
selectman, except in 1733, which office he also held in 1738 
and '50, representative to the General Court 1735-38, '40, 
*4i, *5i. (Need. Ephs., p. 5.) 

On May 12, 1714, the town voted that "Matthew Tamling 
& John Fisher Should teach Children to read and wright." 

Fisher Street is appropriately named for this family, as is 
Fisher's Bridge on Central Avenue, formerly " Fisher's Meet- 
ing Road." Very many of the streets in Needham were 
named by men who apparently knew nothing of its history,, 
and names were selected that are found in many other locali- 
ties and are without significance or fitness. The short, un- 
accepted streets in Hahaton Field, formerly "Cow Bed 
Plain," are well named, but any attempt to perpetuate ancient 
family names is unusual so far as our streets are concerned. 
Fortunately all the schools have names that mean some- 

Jeremiah Fisher was assessor 1742, '44, '45, '47-49, select- 
man 1742, '44, '45, '47, '48, 'so, town clerk 1739, '40, '44. 

Deacon Josiah Newell 1744, '45, '47-49» '5i» '53t '61, '62, 
selectman 1744, '45, '47-51, '53, elected and declined in 1754, 
served in 1761, '62, '64-66, '69, '74, '7Ty deacon of the First 
Church January 9, 1 746/7-November 21, 1783, justice of the 
peace October 12, 1775-, and served on important commit- 
tees of the town. (Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. Ill, p. 74, and Need. 
Ephs., p. 31.) 

Newell's Bridge at Charles River Village takes its name 
from the Newells who lived near by. Josiah, who had a 
rolling mill on the Dover side, is said by Frank Smith to 
have given the name to the bridge. 

Deacon John Fisher was assessor 1750, '63, '68, selectman 
1763-65, '68, '75, '81, representative to the General Court 

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1777, '781 deacon of the First Church January 9, 1746/7- 
October 17, 1788. (Need. Ephs., p. 15, and Ded. Hist. Reg., 
Vol. Ill, p. 74.) He was on the standing committee of the 
First Parish 1778. See article by Charles Curtis Greenwood 
on the Fisher Family in " The Gazette," Dedham, March 26, 
1864, and "The Fisher Family," by Philip Adsit Fisher, in 
the Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. HI, and "The Fisher Genealogy." 
Deacon John lived at the Fisher homestead, close to the 
river, on the easterly side of the present Central Avenue. 
This farm of fifty acres was purchased by John Fisher of 
Caleb Wheaton in 1746. The estate is now the residence 
of Mr. Harold W. Windram. 

Nathaniel Mann was assessor 1751, also selectman. He 
was son-in-law of the Rev. Jonathan Townsend. 

John Alden 1752, also selectman. (Need. Ephs., p. 13.) 

Thomas Metcalf 1752-57, '60, selectman 1752-58, '60, town 
clerk 1752-60. (Need. Ephs., p. 8.) 

Ebenezer Skinner 1754, also selectman. 

Nathaniel Fisher 1759, '62, '69, '82, selectman 1759, '62, 
*73, *74» '77* '78, '82, '85, town treasurer 1764, '65, represen- 
tative to the General Court 1782, '85, on the standing com- 
mittee of the First Parish 1781, '83, '84. During the Revo- 
lution he served on important committees of the town, and 
in 1 78 1 was one of the Committee of Correspondence, In- 
spection and Safety, a position of consequence. He held the 
office of coroner. A man of his name received from the 
town in 1777 a bounty of £,j for enlisting to go to Canada. 

Michael Metcalf 1763, '67, '6Z, *7\, *J2, *73i elected in '75 
and declined, served in 1777-79* *8i, '83, '84, selectman 
1763-65, '67, *68, '71, '72, on the standing committee of the 
First Parish 1786, '87. 

Timothy Newell 1763, '72, selectman 1763, '69, '72, '76, 
town treasurer two months in 1761, on the standing com- 
mittee of the First Parish 1781. (Need. Ephs., p. 14.) 

Lieut. Jonathan Day 1764, *66, '69, '7I1 73i '75» selectman 
1771. He lived on the "Griggs Place" on South Street, 

Appendix 2 1 3 

and Day's Bridge takes its name from him, or from his 
family who had a large farm on the Dover side of the river. 
He was a brother of Deacon Ralph Day of the Springfield 
Parish. See Frank Smith's excellent History of Dover. 

Seth Wilson 1767, selectman 1767, '69. 

Lieut. Samuel Townsend, son of the Rev. Jonathan Towns- 
end, was assessor 1770, '74, ^JJ^ '80, selectman 1785, clerk of 
the First Parish 1778-88, on its standing committee 1779-81, 
'83-88. (Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. H, p. 95.) 

Samuel Daggett 1772, selectman 1772, elected May 21, 
and in 1779. In 1773 he was a constable, and January 19, 
177s, he was chosen to collect the subscriptions for building 
the meeting house in the West Precinct. In 1775 he was 
chosen precinct collector; in 1781, '83, and three times in 
1784 he was precinct moderator, and in 1783 he was on the 
precinct committee. He was a delegate to the county con- 
vention in 1774, sergeant of the Needham minute men April 
19, 177s, and served on important committees of the town 
during the war. Moses and Samuel, Jk, were in the West 
Company April 19. 1775, and served later in the war. (See 
Mass. S. and S. in Rev.) 

Josiah Upham was assessor 1773. He is called Ensign 
in the town records. In 178 1 he was on the committee to 
buy the beef required of the town. 

Henry Dewing 1782, also selectman (elected May 27) ; 
soldier in the Revolution, and there is a bronze S. A. R. 
marker at the Dewing monument. (See Mass. S. and S. in 
Rev. and Need. Ephs., p. 25.) 

Deacon Isaac Shepard 1785, '88, '91, '93-95, '97-1802, '18, 
selectman 1784 (elected May 13), collector for the First 
Parish 1780, on its standing committee 1783, '88-90, '94- 
1802, *o6, '11-19, and its clerk 1795-1802, treasurer 1797-99, 
deacon of the First Church November 21, 1783- August 22, 
1819, justice of the peace January 21, 1806-19, soldier in 
the Revolution, and there is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his 
grave. (Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. II, pp. 95 and 144, Vol. Ill, 
p. 74, and Need. Ephs., p. 28.) 

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Capt. Josiah Newell 1791, selectman 1790, '91 and '93, col- 
lector for the First Parish 1786, '87, on its standing committee 
1793 (Need. Ephs., pp. 23 and 31), soldier in the Revolution, 
and there is a bronze S. A. R. marker on his grave. He 
was a justice of the peace, and captain of a company of cav- 
alry in 1788. His name is also on a Newell gravestone on 
which there are several names. 

Lieut. John Tolman 1797, soldier in the Revolution. (See 
History and Directory of Needham, 1888-89, P- 29i and Ded. 
Hist. Reg., Vol. V, p. 114.) He was on the standing coni- 
mittee of the First Parish 1804, ^^^ sexton 1801-04, and was 
a captain in the militia after the war. 

George Fisher 1803, *o6, *o8, * 16, ' 17, '19, '2 1, '23, '26, assistant 
assessor 1822, selectman 1803, '04, '16, '18, '19, representa- 
tive to the General Court 1830, collector for the First Parish, 
south side, 1798, on its standing committee 1821-23, '30, 
sometimes called Deacon in the town records, although when 
he was elected to that office, September 21, 18 19, he declined 
to serve. (Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. IH, p. 75, and Need. Ephs., 

P- 45.) 

Capt. Michael Harris 1804, '05, '07, on the standing com- 
mittee of the First Parish 1803-05, '07, and played the bass 
viol in the church. Captain in the militia 1803. He re- 
moved to Dorchester, and later to Bangor, Me. where he 

The Harris tomb is not mentioned in the " Needham Epi- 
taphs." The slab in the bank is inscribed : 

The Tomb of | Elizabeth and Abigail Harris, | Daughters of | 

Ensign Michael Harris. 

Ensign Michael Harris d. Jan. 28, 18 16, aged 68, and was 
father of Capt. Michael. The tomb is north of the Fuller 
tomb. Michael Metcalf Harris, son of Capt. Michael, was 
baptized Nov. 5, 1815. (West Ch. Rec.) 

Dr. Samuel Gould 1807, '08, '12-15, 'i9> '22; in 1822 he 
was chosen, September 16, to fill a vacancy. Selectman 

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1809-12, town clerk 18 18-21, clerk of the First Parish 1806- 
13, and on its standing committee 1808-13, * 18-20. (Ded. 
Hist. Reg., Vol. II, p. 95.) He removed to Dedham. 

Seth Colburn 1817, '27 (declined in 1827), selectman 1817, 
'19, elected in 1820 and 1821 but declined, representative to 
the General Court 1824. On May i, 1820, he was chosen 
collector of taxes for the west part of the town. In 18 17 he 
was on the West Precinct committee. 

Joseph zxi^ Joseph^ Jr,^ [Colburn] were in the East Company 
April 19, 177s, and Levi was a soldier in the Revolution. 

Simeon was collector for the First Parish in 1792. 

Capt. Jonathan Gay 1820, town clerk 1805-15, '23, select- 
man 1812-15, town treasurer 1818-21, '25-29, representa- 
tive to the General Court 18 14, clerk of the First Parish 
1803, '04, '14-26, its collector 1806 (3i%), sexton 1808-11, 
'13, '17-25, '28 and probably in 1826, on its standing com- 
mittee 1814-17, '24, '25, elected in 1827 but declined; one 
of the inspecting school committee 1826, '27. 

He was long known as Jonathan Gay, Jr., and later as 
Captain Gay. In 181 5 he became a lieutenant in the militia, 
and in 1816 captain of cavalry, ist Battalion, 2d Brigade, ist 
Division. (See Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. II, pp. 95 and 124, and 
Need. Ephs., p. 31.) His farm on Central Avenue is now 
owned by his grandson, Curtis Mcintosh. It was once the 
property of John Tolman, and the house is ancient. 

Capt. Gay was son of Lieut. Jonathan Gay, who was select- 
man 1796-98. The latter was sergeant of the East Com- 
pany April 19, 1775, zxid Jeremiah was in the West Company. 
George Hiram Gay, a grandson of the Lieutenant, is now 
(1899) the oldest man in Needham. 

John Tolman was assessor 1824. (Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. 
V, p. 176, and Need. Ephs., pp. 39 and 66.) 

Artemas Newell, Esq., was "added to the assessors" in 
1813, assessor 1825, selectman 1820-24, '26-28, '30, constable 
for the east part of the town, on the standing committee of 
the First Parish 1820, '30, one of the inspecting school com- 

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mittee 1826, '27, justice of the peace from February 3, 1821, 
clerk of the 2d company of cavalry (Capt. Jeremiah Baker) 
1804, captain of cavalry 181 1 and '12, ist Battalion, 2d Bri- 
gade, 1st Division of the militia. (Need. Ephs., pp. 38 and 

Israel Whitney 1827, '31, elected and declined in 1832, 
but served in 1838, assistant assessor 1822, selectman 1824, 
'34, one of the inspecting school committee 1826, tax col- 
lector 1 83 1, elected town treasurer 1830 and declined, served 
in 1835-37, justice of the peace from March 9, 1833-, post- 
master 1841-, succeeding Rufus Mills. Mr. Whitney had 
the post office in the ell of his house, which was later the 
residence of Bill Burrill. The writer well remembers Mr. 
Burrill, a native of Chelsea (Winthrop) and a pensioner of 
the War of 181 2. His nephew, Bill Burrill, 2d, was a valued 
citizen of Needham, and there is a good obituary notice of 
him in the Needham Chronicle for August 2, 1884, by Charles 
C. Greenwood. Their Christian name. Bill, was derived from 
the Bill family of Essex County with which the Burrills were 
connected. Israel Whitney was on the standing committee 
of the First Parish 1803, '07, '26, '27, '37, '38, its clerk 1805, 
'27, sexton 1812, '14-16, '29, '31-39, and probably in 1830, 
treasurer 1833. He taught school in Needham early in this 
century. (See Ded. Hist. Reg., Vol. II, pp. 95, 124 and 145, 
Vol. IV, p. 30, and Need. Ephs., p. 54.) 

Otis Sawyer, assistant assessor 1835, 'SO> selectman 1836, 
'52-55. (Need. Ephs., p. 50.) He lived on the Metcalf farm, 
where thirty-five years ago there was a very old Metcalf 
house. The Convalescent Home of the Children's Hospital 
is now on this farm. 

Josiah Howe Carter 1849, '5^> 'S^ (chosen April 5, 1852, 
vice Lauren Kingsbury resigned), selectman 1852-54. 

William Pierce was assistant assessor 1850. Probably 
Capt. William Pierce, rather than his son William, Jr. Capt. 
Pierce was selectman 1839-44, '48-51 and held various minor 
town offices. (Need. Ephs., p. 64.) 

Appendix 217 

George Emerson Eaton 1857, on the standing committee 
of the First Parish 1846-53, its collector 1S48, '49, sexton 
March 22, 1851-March 16, 1874, parish treasurer 1855-58, 
justice of the peace, postmaster under Pierce, Buchanan and 
Lincoln, succeeding George Brigham Revere, and for a num- 
ber of years one of the constables. His son, Alger Emerson 
Eaton, was assessor 1896, '97. 

Jonathan Avery 1858, '59, '68, '69, '72. He was a leading 
citizen and founder of the village named Highlandville, and 
the first postmaster there. See the " Dedham Branch of the 
Avery Family," p. 351, for portrait and sketch. 

His daughter, Mrs. Jane Greenough (Avery) Carter, was 
one of the compilers of the history of the Avery family, is a 
lady of literary and poetic tastes, and served as a trustee of 
the Needham Free Public Library 1888-96. On p. 355 of 
the Avery book is a sketch of George Avery, son of Jonathan, 
who was a constable, and served as assessor 1882-84, in 
which latter office he was a colleague of the writer, who 
cherishes his memory. (See also the Needham Chronicle 
for April 25, 1885.) George Avery was a soldier in the Civil 
War. The Avery School, Avery Street, and Avery Square 
at Highlandville perpetuate the name of Jonathan Avery. 

Silas Gustavus Williams 1858-60, '70, selectman 1861-68. 
He d. in Wellesley Jan. 8, 1898, aged 81 yrs., 9 mos. 

John Morton Harris 1861-63, representative to the Gen- 
eral Court 1872, on the school committee 1878-83 (six years), 
town treasurer 1883, on the standing committee of the First 
Parish 1859-67, clerk 1861-67, '70-84. (Ded. Hist. Reg., 
Vol. n, p. 96.) Also see resolutions on his decease passed 
by the First Parish March 29, 1884. 

The Harris school was named in memory of him. His 
widow Adeline Eaton Harris has been one of the school 
committee since October 24, 1887, and its efficient secretary. 

Charles Hiram Dewing 1865, selectman 1866-69, 'Z^* for 
many years highway surveyor or superintendent of streets. 
(See town report for 1895 [1896] for portrait and official 

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record, and also the Needham Recorder for August 24, 


Charles Curtis Greenwood 1866-81, elected in 1882 but 

resigned. (For portrait and memoir see the town report for 

1897 [1898] and reprint.) He was chairman of the board of 

assessors 1875-81, selectman 1856, '57, representative to the 

General Court 1863, town auditor twelve years, town clerk 

1881-June 7, 1897, on the standing committee of the First 

Parish 1855-57, '65, parish treasurer March, 1870-December 

29, 1879, postmaster at Needham 1870-85, and justice of the 

peace. He was an authority on local history. 

Mark Lee 1875, '76, selectman 1875-82, '88, '89, postmaster 
at Highlandville, &c. (See the town report for 1889 [^890] 
and the Needham Chronicle for January 18, 1890.) 

Lyman Knights Putney 1875, '76, selectman 1877- April, 
1 881, representative of the ninth Norfolk district in the Gen- 
eral Court 1880, '83. 

He was for years selectman of Wellesley, usually, if not 
always, chairman, member of the water board, etc. (See 
"One of a Thousand.") Mr. Putney is prominent as an agri- 
culturist as well as a business man, and for fifteen years was 
active in politics, much of this time exercising an influence 
throughout the ninth Norfolk district that has not been 

Of the assessors prior to 1881 but three are now living, 
viz : Josiah Howe Carter, George Emerson Eaton and Lyman 
Knights Putney. Of the assessors since 1881, Enos Hough- 
ton Tucker, Isaac Martin Kingsbury and George Kuhn Clarke 
are the only ones now living who served before 1885. 

Names of Members of the Standing Committee of 

THE First Parish. 

For list of clerks of the First Parish in Needham see 
Dedham Historical Register, Vol. H, pp. 95 and 124; for 
treasurers see same. Vol. H, p. 144; for deacons of the 

Appendix 219 

First Church see same, Vol. Ill, p. 73, and for extensive 
notes from the records of the First Parish, 1778- 1842, see 
same, Vols. Ill and IV. All these lists and articles were 
contributed by George K. Clarke. 

The following is a list of those members of the standing 
committee of the First Parish, 1 778-1 891, who are not else- 
where mentioned in this book as such. State, county and 
town offices held by them are not referred to in these 
notes : — 

Lieut. Ebenezer Fisher 1780. 

Ebenezer Clark 1782. (See p. 121.) 

Lieut. Col. Silas Alden 1794, 1806, parish treasurer 1778-80, 
'82-88, collector for the north side of the First Parish 1797, 
sole collector 1804 for "two Cents on the Dollar," deacon 
of the church November 22, 1803-February 22, 1826. 

Major Moses Mann 1798, 1801 (Lieut. Col. in 1801), '02, '06. 

Lieut. Jonathan Gay 1799. (See p. 215.) 

William Willard Mann, son of Moses Mann, 1827. 

Timothy Woodcock 1827. 

Joseph Newell 1828, '29, collector for the First Parish 

Col. Warren Dewing 1828-30, parish treasurer 1828-31. 

Jonathan Ellis 183 1, '32. 

William Eaton, Jr., 1831-34, '36, '37, '41, '42. 

Capt. John J. Gorham 1833, '34. 

John Smith Bird 1834-37, '44. 

Rev. Daniel Kimball, A. M., 1834, '35, '40, '41, '45-5 1, deacon 
of the church September i, 1826-June 3, 1859, parish treas- 
urer 1827. 

Leonard Battelle 1835, '39, '40, parish clerk 1840. 

Honorable Galen Orr 1839, '^^^ collector for the First 
Parish 1851, '52. 

Lyman Greenwood 1839, *4^* 

George Revere 1843, '46, '52, '53. 

Deacon Jonathan Newell 1845, deacon of the church Au- 
gust 25, 1822-July 8, 1853. 

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Benjamin Gage Kimball, A. B., son of the Rev. Daniel 
Kimball, 1854, parish treasurer 1852-54, clerk 1852-54, '59, 

Augustus Eaton, son of William Eaton, Jr., 1857-74, '80- 
89, collector for the First Parish 1859. 

Deacon Otis Morton, Jr., 1858-64, '66-83. His service of 
twenty-five years is second in length of time in the history 
of the First Parish. Deacon of the church June i, 1872- 
June 2, 1890. 

Marshall Newell 1868, '69, collector for the First Parish 

Honorable Enos Houghton Tucker 1870-75, parish treas- 
urer 1880-92, clerk 1884-90. 

Diana Persis Washburn (the first woman member) 1876-79. 

Albert Eber Miller, M. D., 1881-84 (elected December 29, 
1884, for the ensuing year but did not serve). 

Henry Blackman 1885-88. 

George Willard Tisdale 1889-91 (resigned April 20^ 

James Henry Foss 189a 

Francis DeMaurice Dunn, A. B., 1891, '92, parish clerk 
1896 to the present time (1900). 

George Kuhn Clarke, LL. B., April 20, 1891-94 (four years), 
parish clerk 1891-95 (five years). 

Frederick Gould Tuttle April 20, 1891, to the present time. 
He has been the chairman for a number of years. 

The above list includes soldiers of the Revolution and 
others long prominent in the affairs of the town, church and 

In 1874 the time of the annual parish meeting was changed 
from March to December, and I have not counted the years 
of election but of service thereafter. From 1 778-1 891 the 
number of the Parish Committee has been three, except in 
1799, 1831-35, when there were five members, and 1800, 
when there were seven. 

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Augustus Eaton served on the Parish Committee twenty- 
eight years, the longest period of such service in the annals 
of the First Parish. 

On April 19, 1875, his father, William, was present at the 
great centennial anniversary observance of the battle of Lex- 
ington, in which his father, also named William, had partici- 
pated as a Needham militia man during the retreat of the 

Soldiers from Needham in the expedition under command 
of Admiral Vernon, 1 740-1, against the Spanish colonies in 
the West Indies, particularly Cuba : — 

Jeremiah Smith, aged 18, blacksmith, enlisted May 27, 
1740, in Capt. John Prescott's company. 

Jonas Cooke, aged 23, mason, enlisted July 12. 

Richard Fuller, aged 28, husbandman, enlisted July 24. 

Jn® George, aged 20, husbandman, enlisted July 20. 

John Coller, aged 26, husbandman, enlisted July 17. The 
four last named were in Capt. Stephen Richards' company. 

For verbatim copies of muster rolls see the Year-book of 
the Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts, 1899, PP- ^o, 

In addition to the sources of information named in my 
lists published in the New England Historical and Genealog- 
ical Register for January and April, 1899, ^^^ following 
publications contain matter relative to Needham : John W. 
Barber's Massachusetts Historical Collections, 1848, have a 
gazetteer notice, and it is said that the Boston Magazine, 
1785, gave an account of Needham. As I have seen only 
the copy of this magazine at the Boston Athenaeum, which 
copy is apparently imperfect and contains no special mention 
of Needham, I can not tell what is referred to, but suppose 
it to be merely a gazetteer notice like that of Medfield and 

222 AppCfldix 

Other towns in Suffolk county. For the published works of 
the Revs. Messrs. Townsend, West and Palmer see the 
American Quarterly Roister, Vol. VIII, p. J[J, 1836. The 
page is wrongly given in the index to this R^^ter. See 
New England Historical and Genealogical R^^ter for 1869. 

Yet ev'n these bones from insult to protect 

. Some frail memorial still erected nigh, 
With uncouth rhymes and shapeless sculpture- decked. 

Implores the passing tribute of a sigh. 

Their name, their years, spelt by the unletter'd Muse, 

The place of fame and elegy supply ; 
And many a holy text around she strews. 

That teach the rustic moralist to die." 


IN this Index th« names af towns casual)]' mentioned are not Included, 
neltber are military and other titles, with the exception of that of 
" Rev.," indicated. No attempt is made to distinguish between individ- 
uals of exactly the same name unless " Jr." or "2d" occura. Whenever 
there are two or more persons with the same Christian name, initial and 
surname, the middle name is given in fiill in thb Index, otherwise only the 
initial letter will appear. 

AdaiTiN, Ilannali, 141 

Agents of the Town, 14, 6z 

Ahaton, Ahawton, 46. Ahawton, Jr., 

William, 46. Ahawton, Sr., 46 
Alden, aio. George A., 188. John, 

ai». Silas, 153, 186. ai9 
Aldrig, Samuel, iz6 
Ancient and Honarable Attillety 

Company, Needham membeis, 200 
Anitpedobaptists, Si, 173 

. '93 

Arnold, Alvin F., 89. Ambrose, J 
Ileiijamiii, 89. Martha B., 89. Maiy, 
89. Sarah, 89. Thomas, 89 

Assessor, J7, 125, 209-218. Aasis- 

Allcins, John, 43, Susan L., 74, gi 
Auditing committee, 31. Auditors, 

Avery, 217. George, 217. Jane G., 

217. Jonathan, 217 
Aveiy School, 217. Avery Square, 

117. Avery Street, 217 

Ayen, Charieis 78. Charles II., 78. 

Ensign, 41. Jonathan, 78. Mary, 

78. Mary A., 78 
Bacon, 205. Abigail. 14S. Amaso, 

149. Asa, 14G. Daniel, 146. Da- 
vid, 41, 150. Ebenezer, 149. Eph. 
raim, 150. George A., 149. Han- 
nah, 146, Henry, 146. Ilezekiah, 

150. Isaac, 146, 150, 205. John, 
43, 146, 148-150, 205. John, Jr., 

147. John,3d, 151. Jonathan, 145, 

148. 150. Jonathan, Jr., 148. Jo- 
seph, 165. Lncy, 149. Lucy A., 

149. Luc7S.,i49. Lydia, 113, 145. 
Mary, 149. Michael, 15a. IiUtta, 

148. Moses, 149, 150. Nancy, 37, 
38, 201. Oliver, 146. Ralph, ijo. 
Samuel, 149. Sarah, 11 z. Stephen, 
126, 147, 150. Stephen, Jr., 146, 
147, 150. Submit, 148. nmothy, 

149, 150, 205- Zeniiah, 147, 148, 

Bacon's Brook, 150 



Jl^, /ItUL W^ 2=;. 

Hearit f^ 

floL 1T<> 

Bene, Ciaaiiedi, i^f, fluyMtfg y £5^ 

BoyvcoA, kitliant, f 1 

Bodbett, E b c«<a *r » ^. Uthftr^, r/j, 
Soiomum, 41 

Bread, scakn c€, 26, S^nreyoo oi, 
26. Weig|w9sc< 26 

Bndga, comumttet to rthmld or le- 
pair, 26,63 

BnntBall, Phincaty i6f. SiUDa, 161, 
SjfaiDa, 161 

Broad, Abi|^ 141, f ^. Aftna, 154. 
Cahrin, 84, 204. l>or€Ahj, 117. 
Eiuabeth, 102, Euber, 84. Fan- 
ny, 154. UtMkiaih^ S4, 141, i^ 
204. Kaiiao, 1 54, Mary Ann, 1 54, 
Mehhabie, iif. MoMft, 154, Pol- 
ly, 154. Kc'ljcxca, 204. Scth, 84. 
Thaddens, 204, Theodore, 84, Tim- 
othy, 50, 84, 1 1 7, 1 54, 1 84, Thomas, 
84, I54» 204 


BttOiarf s FoH^ jo^ 137 
BoOoft. Haixki, iSo 

%JA. iSl 

ckck, 12 

JSmnSk, ISat, 2i6l BO. 2dl 216 
Boryia^ GtitiiI 


CaDcadei, Sank BL, 19 
Carkait, Aaa, 96 
Carter, Bda, 1701 jaiK G. A^ 217. 

Jofiiah IL, 216, 21S 
CaryU Rev. Benjamm, 152. Rer. Mr, 

Cato, Dinah, 49. Jethro, 49 

Centre, *^ Center," school district, first 
bO d<2>ignalcd in records 1824, 86 

Century sermon, 63 

Chamberlain, L4icretia, 119. Saaivd, 
119. Sophia, 119 



Chamberlain house, 50 

Chambers, Sarah, 90 

Chandler, Rev. Edward H., 19, 43, 
107, 184 

Chapman, Lydia, 81 

Checkerberry Point, 156 

Chestnut Hill, bridleway across, 15, 
62,63, IIS 

Christening bason, 185 

Chub, William, 127 

Claflin, William, 147 

Clark, Catherine, 193. Caty, 121. 
Ebenezer, 121,219. Ebenezer, Jr., 
121. Hannah, 121. John, 121. 
I>ewi.s, 121. Reuben A., 121. Will- 
iam, 121 

Clarke, George K., 218-220 

Clements, John W., 104 

Clerk of the market, 27, 28 

Cochituate Lake, 153, 156 

Coggin, Faithee, 164. Henry, 164, 

165. Isaac, 164, 165. Patty, 165. 
%Samucl, 164 

Colbum, Dorothy, 117. H. B., 152. 
Joseph, 215. Joseph, Jr., 215. 
l^vi, 215. Mary, 55, 72. Seth, 215. 
Simeon, 215 

Collector of taxes, constable as col- 
lector, 91 

Coller, John, 221 

Communion silver, 184, 185 

Constitution (State), committee to 
consider the, 56, 75, 142, 148 

Constitutional Convention, 16 

Contribution box, 12 

Convention at Concord 1779, 75 

Cook, Edward, 128. Eliakim, 128. 
Robert, 13, 27, 91, 125-128. Rob- 
ert, Jr., 128 

Cooke, Jonas, 221 

Coolidge, Abia, 35. Alexander, 165. 
Anne, 165. Beulah, 73. Charlotte, 
73. Daniel, 73. John, 165, Lois, 
35. Louis, 23. Lydia, 52. Moley, 

166. Molly, 165. Nathaniel, 161. 

Sally, 166. Sarah, 161. Simon, 
35. Susanna, 161, 192. Thomas, 
165, 166. Timothy, 165. Zeniiah, 

Cope, Sir Henry, 139. Jane, 139, 205 

County Convention 1774, 39, 84, 109, 
213; 1794, 40 

Cow Bed Plain, 2 1 1 

Craft, Elizabeth, 122. Joseph, 122 

Crockett, James, 97. Ruth, 97 

Crows, bounty for killing, 39 

Cuba, soldiers against, 1 740-1, 221 

Cummings, Elizabeth, 29. Mary, 29, 
176. Samuel, 29 

Curtis, Mary, 37, 67 

Cutter, Charles K., 185 

Dadmun, Dedman, Dedmun, Bath- 
sheba, 99. Daniel, 99. Elijah, 99. 
Laura A., 83. Lydia, 99. Newell 
H., 99 

Daggett, Moses, 213. Samuel, 43, 
T09, 213. Samuel, Jr., 213 - 

Damon, Susan, 193 

Dana, Joanna E., 95. Mary, 49 

Daniell, Daniells, Daniles, Danill, 69, 
210. Abigail, 30, 175. Chester, 29, 
202. Esther, 69. Eunice, 175, 176. 
Experience, 27. George K., 176. 
Jeremiah, 28-30, 175, 176. Joseph, 
13, 27-29. Joseph, Jr., 28-30. 
Mary, 29, 202. Nabby, 29. Sam- 
uel, 28, 29. Timothy, 28, 29 

Day, Hannah, 122. Jonathan, 212. 
Ralph, 213 

Day's Bridge, 213 

Deer, 13 

Deerreaves, 27, 108 

Deming, Adeline, 108. Anna, 108, 
no. Charles, 108, no. Elizabeth 
F., 108. Esther, 108, no. Jona- 
than, 109, no. Jonathan E., 108, 
109. Mary, 108. Mehitable, 108. 
Rebecca, 19. Rev. Mr., 74. Will- 
iam, 19, in, 205 

Dennison, Sarah, 193 



Dewing, 210. Andrew, 91, 210. 
Charles H., 25, 217, 218. Dorothy, 
162. Elizabeth, 20, 102, 136. Henry, 
12, 213. Joseph H., 132. Nathan, 
41, 102, 103, 108. Olive, 132. Paul, 
II, 103, 30O. Rhoda, 48. Seth, 
132, 191. Warren, 219. William, 

Dewing Garrison house, 210. Dew- 
ing*s Brook, 211 

Discomb, Thomas, Jr., 41 

Division of the town, committee on, 
in 1816, 33, 54, 63, 117; in 1825, 

Dix, Elizabeth D., 122. Mary J., 121. 

Samuel, 122. Samuel W., 122 

Dog Corner, 185 

Drury, Anna, 205. Asa, 140. " liet- 
cy," 139. Caleb, 140, Elizabeth, 
139,140. Ephraim, 140. John, 205. 
Joseph, 140, 147. Lydia, 147. Nan- 
cy, 140. Samuel, 139, 140. Zeru- 
iah, 147 

Dubia, Elizabeth, 171 

Dudley, Benjamin, Jr., 25. Sybil, 25 

Dunbar, Maria L., 198 

Dunn, Ann, 138. Betsey, 138. Eliza- 
beth, 137. Francis DeM., 220. Jon- 
athan, 137, 138. Jonathan, Jr., 138. 
Lot, 138 

Dunton, Dr. Larkin, 188 

Durell, Peter, 59, 60. Ruth, 59, 60. 
Susanna, 59, 60 

Dutton, David, 193. Susan, 193 

Dwight, Henry, 127. Seth, 127. Tim- 
othy, 18, 19, 109, 127 

Dwight School, iS 

Eames, Elizabeth, 140 

Eaton, Adeline, 217. Alger E., 217. 
Augustus, 220, 221. Everett J., 11. 
George E., 217, 218. Mary, 37, 131. 
Sarah, 114. William, 210, 221. 
William, Jr., 219, 220 

Edes, Abiel, 78. Amos, 78, 79. Ben- 
jamin, 79. Collins, 78. Deborah, 

105. Elizabeth, 66. Hannah, 78. 
Jeremiah, 78. John, 78, 79, 105. 
Martha, 78. Oliver, 78. Peter. 78. 
Samuel, 78 
Ellis, Jonathan, 219. William, 69 
Estes, Caroline, 96. Nathan C, 96 
Eustis, Katherine, 49. Mary, 49. 

Thomas, 49. William T., 49 
Fans, Farris, William, 138, 139 
Faulwassen, Charles, 130. Emily A. 

M., 130 
Felch, Asa, 159, 160. Eben, 159. 
Ebenezer, 158. Ellen, 160. Han- 
nah, 159. Isaac, 159. John, 158, 
159. John L.., 159. Levi, 160. lx>- 
vina, 159. Mary, 158, 163. Mary 
H., 160. Moley, 166. Nancy, 160. 
Patty, 160. Prudence, 173. Vinea, 

Fence viewers, 22 

Field drivers, 21 

Fire wards, 100 

First Church in Needham, deacons, 
46, 218. Ministers called to, 74. 
Music in, 42. Silver, 184, 185 

First Parish, assessors, 206. Clerks, 
218. Collector to give bonds, 77. 
Elections in, changed from March 
to December, 220. Silver, 184, 185. 
Standing committee ; names of 
members of, 218-221. First woman 
member of, 220. Longest service 
on, 184, 220, 221. Number of, 220. 
Treasurers of, 218. 

Fish, law relating to catching of, 1765, 

Fisher, 212. Abigail, 30, 175. Eben- 
ezer, 50, 219. George, 184, 214. 
Hannah, 189. Jeremiah, 211. John, 
13, 28, 91, 93, 127, 209, 211, 212. 
John, Jr., 27, 28. Lois, 166. Nath- 
aniel, 212. Philip A., 166,212 

Fisher Farm, 212. Fisher Street, 
211. Fisher's Bridge, 211. Fish- 
er's Meeting Road, 211 



Fisk, Fiske, in. Anna, 119. Caro- 
lina, 113. Caroline, 113. David, 

122, 143. Emery, 122, 123. Em- 
ery A., 122, 123. Enoch, 111-113. 
Enoch, Jr., 113. Eunice I*, 122, 

123. Eunice M., 122, 123. George 
H., 122, 123. Grace, 113. Han- 
nah, 141, 143, 205. Hezekiah, 141, 
205. Hitty, 143, 205. Huldah, 113. 
Isaiah, 112. Joseph, 144. Joseph 
E., 43, 123. Joshua, 142, 143. 
Martha, 142, 143, 205. Mary, 112. 
Mehitable, 70, in, 141. Moses, 
111,122,141,142,205. Nancy, 119. 
Nathaniel, 141. Olive, 143, 205. 
Sarah, 112, 141, 205. Sarah E., 

122. 123. Sybil, 122 

Flagg, Almiia C, 131. Angelina, 130. 
Angeline, 129, 130. Caroline, 129. 
Caroline E., 129. Charles G., 124, 
128, 129. Charles H., 96, 123, 
128. Charles W., 130. Eben, 130, 
131. Ebenczcr, 1 30. lild ward, 1 29. 
Edward F., 129. Edward H., 131. 
Elisha, 130. Eliza, 96. Eliza H., 

123. 128. Elmira, 130, 131. El- 
mira C, 130. Emily A. M., 130. 
Emily M., 130. Esther, 99, 124. 
Isaac, 129, 130. Lydia, 129. Mar- 
tha B., 1 01. Ophenia E., 129. 
Phebe, 25. Rhoda, 130. Solomon, 
99, 123-125, 128, 129, 131. Solo- 
mon, Jr., 96, 128. Sophia, loi. 
Thomas, 129. William, 59,99-101, 

1 24. William S., 1 24, 1 29 
Fletcher, Maria, 194 

Floyd, Deborah, 105. Eunice, 104, 
105. Joseph G., 104, 105. Mehita- 
ble, 104, 105. Philip, 105. Samuel, 
104, 105. Samuel P., 104, 105 

Form of Government, acceptance of, 

Forsyth, Elizabeth, 79. Hugh, 79. 

Margaret, 79. Robert, 79. Sam- 
uel, 92, 93 

Foss, James H., 220 

Fowle, 203 

French, Noah, 50 

Fries, August, 130. Henry, 130. 
Henry D. C, 131. Wulf, 130 

Frost, Elisha, 199. Hitty, 199. Me- 
hitable, 199. Meliscent, 199 

Fuller, 210. Abigail, 72, 116. Alvan, 
118. Alven, 118, 119. Alvin, 119. 
Alvin, 2d, 77. Amos, 75-77, 92. 
Amos, Jr., 76. Angelina, 130. Kn- 
"a, 53, 55, 119. Asa, 116. Augus- 
tus, 120. Benjamin, 119, 120. Char- 
lotte, 73. Clarissa, 118. Cleora, 

118. Daniel C, 73. Ebenezer, 70- 
72,76,114. Edward, 72. Edward 
A., 119, 120. Eleazer, 66, 76, 77. 
Elijah, 77. Elizabeth, 27, 108. 
Enoch, 77. Ezra, 77. Francis, 71, 
n8. F'rancis H., 74* Francis L., 
77. Henry A., 121. Hezekiah, 72, 
73» 77. Jesse, 77. Joanna, 36. 
John, 74, 77. John W., n6. Jonas, 
77. Jonathan, 117, 118. Jonathan, 
Jr., 117, 120, 121. Joseph, 36. 
Josiah, Jr., 72. Luther, 72, 116. 
Luther H., 72. Lydia, 147. Mar- 
tha, 165. Mary, 72, 117, 118, 179. 
Mary C, 55. Mary F., 72. Me- 
hitable, 70-72, 204. Mehitable J., 
133. Moses, 75, 108. Persis W., 

119. Rebecca, 53, 55, 117,118. 
Richard, 221. Robert, 74, 75, 92, 
127. Robert, Jr., 74, 75, 114. Rox- 
anna, 71, 72. Ruth, 59. Sally, 115. 
Samuel F., 77. Sarah, 114, 115, 118. 
Sarah A., 120, 121. Sarah F., 72. 
Solomon, 55, 72,76. Sophia, 119. 
Spencer, 11, 77. Susan J., 119, 120. 
Susan S., 120. Timothy, 76. Tim- 
othy O., 77. Thomas, 61, 74, 75, 
77, 91-93- William, 22, 71, 114- 
n8, 208. William, Jr., 117 

Fuller's Brook, 76. Fuller houses, 




Garfield, George, 200. Martha S., 2cx>. 
Moses, 200. Moses, 2d, 200 

Gay, Beulah, 145, 146. George H., 
215. Hepzibah, 24,85. Jeremiah, 
24» 85, 145, 146, 205, 215. John, 
126. Jonathan, 50, 91, 112, 209, 
215, 219. Jonathan, Jr., 184, 215. 
Lydia, 145, 205. Rebecca, 97. Sy- 
bel, 24 

Gay farm, 2 1 5. Gay house, 215. Gay- 
Reynolds house, 50 

General Court, committee to instruct 
representative to, 56 

General Hospital, communication 
from, 63 

George, Jn©., 221 

Gill, Jacob, 41 

Glover, Caty, 121 

Goodenow, Goodanow, Beulah, 31, 
203. Colings, 153. Collins, 154. 
Isaac, I S3, 203, 206. Isaac, Jr., 1 53. 
John, 13, 152-154, 206. Phebe, 190. 
Ruth, 152, 153, 206. William, 152, 

Gorham, John J., 12, 219 

Gould, Samuel, 214, 215. Seth, 41 

Granados, Augusto, 80. Frederic, 80. 
Marie, 80 

Grant, Daniel, 132. Mary, 132. Sophia 
A., 132 

Gicivestones, condition of, 207. Cut- 
ters and engravers of, 207, 208. 
Inscriptions on, 207. Punctuation 
of, 207. QuaiTy in Harvard, 208 

Gray, Alice, 103. Katie, 103. Thomas, 
103. William, 103 

Greenleaf, Sarah, 89 

Greenwood, Abigail, 198. Caroline 
S., 82. Charles, 82, 83. Charles 
C., 59, 93, 100, 110, 212, 216, 218. 
Charles H., 82. Dorcas, 90. Ellen 
v., 83. Grace, 81, 151. Hannah, 
82, 204. Isaac, 198. John W., 82, 
92. Laura A., 83. Lyman, 219. 
Moses, 83. Olive, 83. Samuel, 81, 

82, 204. Tamar, 81, 82. William, 

82, 204. William D., 83. William 

Hagar, Helen M., 197. Isaac, 197 
Hahaton Field, 46, 48, 91, 21 1 
Hahaton, Hahatun, 46. William, 46 
Hall, Benjamin, 128. Caroline, 96. 

David, 152, 165. Dorothy, 152. 

Eliza H., 128. Josiah, 152. Sarah, 

128. Thomas, 152 
Hammon, Hammond, Betsey, 172. 

Beulah, 145. Edward, 144, 145. 

Henry, 146, 205. John, 145. Kezia, 

144. Lydia, 145. Marcy W., 146. 

Richard, 146. Thomas K., 145. 

William, 144 
Harlow, William, Jr., 208 
Harrington, Tamar, 81. Tyler, 162, 

Harris, Abigail, 214. Adeline K., 

217. Elizabeth, 214. John M., 217. 

Michael, 214. Michael M., 214. 

Susanna, 25 
Harris School, 217 
Haskell, Elmira, 131. Hannah, 131. 

Josiah, 131 
Hathaway, Harrison, 9 
Haven, Olive, 132 
Hawes, Haws, Daniel, 41. Edward, 

167,174. Joseph, 86. Joseph, Jr., 

Hawes lirook, 167. Hawes Hundred, 

Haynes, Charles, 156. Daniel, 156. 

Elizabeth, 156. Mary, 156 
Hay wards, 12 

Hemp and flax, surveyor of, 44 
Henderson, Hannah, 103 
Highways, alterations in districts, 20, 

32, 85. Formation of districts, 109. 

Number of districts, 25. Surveyoi-s 

of, 21 
Hogreaves, 21, 66 

Holden, Sophia, 88, 204. Thomas, 88 
Holmes, John, 170 



Holt monument, 104 

Hoogs, Caroline C. 177. Elizabeth, 
176. Elizabeth A. M., 177. Faithe 
S., 176, 177. George, 177. George 
W., 176, 206. George W., Jr., 176. 
Susan A., 177. Susan R., 177. 
William, 176 

Hoogs' Tavern, 206 

Hooker, Zibeon, 175 

Hospitals, committee to provide, 142 

Houghton, E. W., 208 

Houses, old, 92-93 

Howes, Isaiah, 80, 81. Lydia, 81. 
Nancy S., 80 

Hull, WilUam, 147 

Hunt, Ward N., 30, 104 

Hunting, Clarissa, 131. Clarissa H. 
131. Daniel, 47, 48. Daniel, Jr. 
48. Ebenezer, 69, 70, 115. Eliza 
l)eth, 47. Hannah, 20. Henry, 49 
Henry P., 48. Israel, 48. Israel 
Jr., 131. Jane, 48, 49. Jonas B. 
48,49. Jonathan, 47, 48. I.ucy, 48 
Lydia, 69, 115. Marshall, 48, 49 
Mary, 48, 49. Mary B., 48. Moses 
48. Rebecca, 131. Rhoda,48. Sam 
uel, 20, 47. Sanford P., 48, 49 
Stephen, 47, 48. Timothy, 47-49 
203. Willard, 48, 131. William, 48 

Hunting Road, 48 

Hurd, Albert, 51. Albert W., 51. 
George, 51. Jonathan, 51. Reu- 
l)en, 186. Sarah, 51. Sarah E., 51. 
S. M., 51. William E., 186 

Hurd's Corner, 186 

Hyde. Abigail, 200. Anna, 177, 
178, Clarissa, 178. Ephraim, 200. 
George, 177, 178, 179. George G., 
178, 179. Hannah M., 178. Henry 
H., 178. Sarah R., 179 

Ingersoll, Robert G., 33 

Ingles, Martha, 150 

Jackson, Abigail, 192, 198. Edward, 
102, 192. Lydia, 50. Martha, 102. 
Thaddeus, 50 

Jennings, Abigail, 36, 158. Albert, 
158. Ethel, 36, 50, 157, 158, 189. 
Ephraim, 156-158. George, 157, 
158. Isaac, 157. Julia F., 158. 
Levi, 189, 190. Levi, Jr., 190. 
Lucy G., 158. Lydia, 64. Nabby, 
36. Phebe G., 189. Samuel, 157. 
Sibbel, 157. SiWl, 157. Zeruiah, 

Jennings Pond, 158 

Jennison, Arthur, 162. Hannah F., 

162. Isaac, 163. Rev. Isaac, 162. 

163. Rev. Isaac, Jr., 163. Rev. 
Isaac B., 163. John W., 163. Lot, 

161. Mary, 163. Nathan, 50, 161. 
Peter, 161. Robert, 161, 163. Sarah, 

162. Sibilla, 161. Susanna, 161. 
Sybil, 122. WUliam, 161 

Johnson, Thomas, 52 

Jones, Anthony, 170, 171. Sophia, 

Joy, Benjamin, 190. Eliza, 78. Fan- 
nie, 190. Harriet A., 190. John 
M., 190 

Keith, Emma Wales, 192, 193. Mary, 
1 76. Moses, 29, 1 76 

Kimball, Benjamin G., 220. Betsey, 
172. Rev. Daniel, 93, 219, 220. 
Edmund, 172. Thomas P. H., 172 

Kingsbury, 210. Albert D., 47. Al- 
mira, 132. Asa, 68, 69, 202. Asa, 
2d, 45. Caleb, 39, 43, 44, 85, 109. 
Calvin, 69. Caroline, 132. Charles, 
38. Charlotte, 38. Cyrus, 40. Dan- 
iel, 45. Dexter, 131. Edward L., 42. 
Eleazer, 38, 42-44» 9i» 109, 209. 
Eliphalet, 42. Eliphalet, Jr., 42. 
Eliza, 133. Ellis, 132. Emily, 54, 
60,134. Enoch, 44. Esther, 40, 69. 
Frederic, 132. Frederick H., 131. 
George L., 42. George O., 42, 188. 
Hamilton E., 132. Hannah, 121. 
Henry A., 47. Hezekiah, 45. Isaac 
M., 42, 218. James, 45. Jeremiah, 
45, 184. Jesse, 41, 42. John, 11, 



45. Jonathan, 39-42, 44, 68, 115. 
Joseph, 37, 38, 42, 131, 201. Jo- 
seph, Jr., 44. Josiah, 12, 38, 39, 
42, 126, 127. Lauren, 46, 216. 
l^muel, 45. Leonard, 40. Le^s 
H., 132, 133. Lucy, 133. Luther, 
131, 132. Luther A., 121, 122. Ly- 
man K., 42. Malvina, 132. Mary, 
37,131. Mary C, 69. Mehitable, 
105. Moses, 45, 133. Myra, 132. 
Nancy, 37, 38. Nancy B., 201. 
Nathaniel, 45. Sarah, 68. Sophia 
A., 132. Sophronia, 132. Thomas, 
45,46. Timothy, 44, 45,91. Willard, 
38, 201. William, 41, 42. William 
A., 42. William D., 133. William 

H., 133 

Kingsbury, Col. Jonathan's memo- 
randum book, 40, 41 

Kingsbury Street, 42, 69 

l^mson, Martha, 152, 161. Mary, 82, 

I^rge estates in Needham, 188 

I^wson, Sam., 175 

l.awton, Mehitable, 175. Samuel, 175. 
Sarah W., 175 

Leadbetter, Mr., 146 

l^e, Father Isaac, 173. Mark, 218. 
Mary, 190 

Iceland, Elbridge, 142 

Lev^is, Andrew, 79. Becca,79. Lucy, 
71, 78, 88, 179. Mary, 79. Re- 
becca, 79 

Lincoln, Hannah, 171. Paul, 171 

littlefield, '* Gemima," 128 

Loker, Loaker, Abraham, 168. Kph- 
raim, 167-169. Ephraim, Jr., 169. 
Hannah, 167. Henry, 167-169. 
Irene, 169. Isaac, 168. John, 167, 

168. John G., 169. Jonas, 51, 168, 

169. Lydia W., 169. Mary, 51. 
Moses, 168. Nancy, 169. Sarah, 
169. Susanna, 168. Winthrop, 169 

luring, Madison, 147 
Lovel, John, 41 

Lyon, Abigail, 198. Alvin A., 198. 
Amos, 33, 198. Charles II., 199. 
Charles H., Jr., 199. ElLsha, 58, 184, 
196. Elisha H., 196. Eliza W., 197. 
George W,, 197. Harriet E. (Har- 
riette E.), 33, 203. Helen M., 197. 
Henry L., 198. Henry M., 199. Is- 
rael W., 196. Jacob, 32, 195. Jer- 
usha, 32, 195. Jesse, 199. Joanna, 
148. John W., 12, 199, 200. Joseph 
W., 199, 200. Joshua B., 196. Jo- 
siah, 200. Josiah, Jr., 200. Lemuel, 
191,196,197. Ix>uisa, 33, 34. Lucy 
A., 198. I^ucy E., 199. Lucy H., 
198, 199. Maria L., 198. Mehet- 
able, 199. Mehitable G., 197. Mor- 
timer, 198, 199. Peter, 32-34, 113, 
191, 195* 1961 199- Seth, 195, 197. 
Thankful D., 197 

Lyon Street, 196. Lyon's Bridge, 196 

Macentire, Mackintire, Mackintyre, 
McEntire, Mclntire, Caroline, 102. 
Elizabeth, 102. George, 102. George 
L., 106. Henry, 106. James, 102. 
John, 70, 102. Mary, 106. Sally, 
70. Samuel, 70, 102, 204. Susanna, 
70. Warren F., 106. Wesley W., 

Mackintosh, Herbert B., 189. James, 
187, 188 

Mann, Abigail, 154. Horace, 59, 137- 

139. M4-M7» <5'-'53. '55» '61, i68, 
169, 174, 210. Joel ]<., 131. Lucy, 
190. Moses, 92, 131, 153, 184, 219. 
Nathaniel, 212. William W., 131, 
Mansfield, Elizabeth, 174. Emily, 172. 
Epes, 105, 172, 173. John, 173, 174. 
Mary, 174. Prudence, 172, 173. 
Rebecca, 105, 173. Robert, 105, 
172) 173. Ruth, 173. Saiah, 105, 

>72, 173 
Maps, Metropolitan Boston, 127, 128, 

186. Needham 1831, 68 
Mayo, Charles, 53, 54 



McCracken, Alice, 103. Elizabeth, 

97, 98. Hugh, 97, 103. Hugh A., 

98. Isabella, 97, 98. James, 97. 
Jane, 97, 98. John, 98, 99. John, 
Jr., 98. Margaret, 79. Mary, 97, 
98, 103. Robert, 97, 98. Sarah J., 
98. William, 98 

McCutchins, James, 170 

Mclntire (see Mackintire). 

Mclntire-Jennison house, 50 

Mcintosh, Charles, 187. Curtis, 92, 
187, 215. Davis G., 187. Eben- 
ezer, 112, 183-187. Ebenezer W., 
187. Elizabeth, 136, 182. Eliza- 
beth D., 182. Francis, 185. Gid- 
eon, 186. Hannali, 136. Michael, 
187, 189. Nathan, 185-187. Pris- 
cilla, 182. Royal, 59, 136, 186, 187. 
Samuel, 59, 182. William, 75, 182- 
183, 186, 187. William H., 189 

Mcintosh Tavern, 185, 186. Tomb, 

183. McIntosh*s Comer, 185 
McKeith, Betsey, 103 

Meeting house, glazing of the, 91. 
Committee to build, 30, 91. Con- 
tract to finish, 92. To select site 
for, 91 

Merchandize and country produce, 
committee with reference to, 56, 114 

Meridian Lodge, 191 

Metcalf, Michael, 212. Thomas, 12, 
28, 126, 209, 210, 212 

Metcalf farm, 216. House, 216 

Methodist Meetinghouse, 12, 161, 174 

Methodists, 173 

Miller, Albert E., 220. James, 52. 
Lydia, 52. Sarah, 52 

Millis, 127 

Mills, 210. Abijah, 94. Adah, 102 
Amos, 94. Benjamin, 91-93. Ben 
jamin, Jr., 19, 91, 92, 94. Ben 
janiin, 3d, 94. Charles, 90, 96, 204 
Davis C, 95, 185. Ebenezer, 92 
Edward A., 95. Elisha, 94. Enoch 

184. Ezra, 94. Fisher, 95. Grace 

8 1 . Hadassah, 2 1 . Joanna £., 95 
John, 21, 92-95. John F., 42, 95 
96. Jonas, 94. Joseph, 91, 92 
Judith, 93. Lemuel, 94, 95. Lem 
uel, Jr., 95. Levi, 90. Luke, Jr. 
94. Luther, 94. "Meniam,'* 90 
Nathan, 41. Nehemiah, Jr., 94 
Oliver, 21, 92-95. Philip, 94. Rich 
ard,93. Rufus,95,2i6. Sally, 192 
Samuel, 91, 92, 95. Sarah, 90 
Sibel, 21. William, 91, 92, 94 
William R., 95. Zachariah, 91, 92 

Mills House, 93. Mills Road, 91 

Minute Men in 1794, 15, 16, 31 
Mirick, Elizabeth, 57. Isaac, 185 
Moderator of town meeting first 

chosen, 125, 126 
Moore, Ellen E., 170. Eliab, 41. 
Eunice, 170. Jonathan R., 170. 
Mary, 1 70. Richard, 91,210. Will- 
ard, 170. Willard, Jr., 170. Will- 
iam, 170. William S., 180 
Morrill, Eliakim, 43. Dr. Isaac, 43 
Morse, Adam, 123. Amos, 41. Dan- 
iel, 9, 133. Daniel, Jr., 133. David, 
133. Deborah, 132. Eunice, 122, 
123,182. Edward W., 133. Lydia, 
123. Mehitable J., 133. Rebecca, 
9. Sarah, 25. William, 132 
Morse house, 142. Morse tomb, 9. 

Morse's Pond, 133, 167 
Morton, Otis, Jr., 220. William T. G.. 

183, 184 
Moulton, George W., 101. Lucy, 101. 

Mary J., loi. Winsor, 161 
Mudge, Joseph, Jr., 1 1 5 
Murdough, Martha, 163 
Musicians in Needham, 130, 131 
Mussey, Muzzey, Muzzy, Ann, 179. 
Benoni, 41, 71, 88, 179. Jemima, 
88. Lewis, 179. Lucy, 71, 88, 179. 
Seth, 71, 88 
Nahanton, Nahaton, Nahatun, Na- 
huton, William, 46, 125 



Nahanton Street, 146 

Nahatan Street, 46 

Nason and Vamey's Gazetteer, 203 

Natick, committee to unite with, 15 

Neck Bridge, 68 

Needham End [Needham Leg]» 137, 

Needham Epitaphs, no, 209 

Needham Farmers' and Mechanics* 
Association, 22 

Needham l^g, 137, 153 

Needham soldiers in the war against 
the Spanish colonies in 1 740-1, 221 

Needham, publications referring to, 
221, 222 

Nehoiden, 46 

Nehoiden Street, 46 

Ness, John, 43 

Newell, Artemas, 184, 215, 216. Au- 
gustus, 92. Ebenezer, 63. Eliza- 
beth, 63, 108. Experience, 27. 
Jonathan, 219. Joseph, 219. Jo- 
siah, 86, 210, 211, 214. Josiah, 
Jr., 153. Marshall, 220. Timothy, 

Newell-Fisher house, 50, 93 

Neweir^ Bridge, 21 1 

Nine Arch Bridge, 211 

Nonesuch Pond, 167 

Norfolk Rifle Rangers, 11, 12, 200 

North school district, 32, 33 

Noyes, Charles, 100. Rebecca, 19. 
Rev. Thomas, 18, 19, 66 

Noyes, Dr. Josiah's diary, 48, 97, 103, 
182, 200 

Noyes tomb, 18, iii 

Oaks, Rev. Mr., 74, 92, 1 26 

Ockinton, Matthias, 196 

Oldest families in Needham, 210 

"Old Town Folks," 175 

Oliver, Mary, 150 

Orr, Galen, 219 

Overseers of the poor, 35 

Pain, Paine, Ephraim, 93. Mary, 34, 

Palmer, Rev. Stephen, 15, 63, 76, 130, 
1541183,185-186, 222 

Parish, organization of, 29 

Park, J., 207. William, 2d, 208 

Parker, Benjamin F. ( W.), 33. Charles 
£., 195. Ed\>*ard, 151. Ellen L., 
195. Enoch, 11,83. Eva, 33. Har- 
riet E., 33, 203. Isaac, 10. Jacob, 
II. John, 10, II. John, Jr., 10. 
Jonathan, 10, u. Martha, 151. 
Mary, 132. Olive, 83. Samuel, 10, 
11,12. Sarah, 161. Walter H., 195. 
William B., 11, 200 

Parker Plain, 12, 167. Parker School, 
II. Parker tombj 9-12, 107 

Parmenter, Bathsheba, 99. Hannah, 
78. Peter, 78 

Patten, Alice B., 193. Claudius B., 
194,195. Colcord, 194. Henry G., 
193. Maria, 194 

Peabody, Hannah, 32. Mercy, 32, 

203. Rev. Oliver, 19, 31, 32, 167 
Peirce, Pierce, 36, 162. Benjamin, 82, 

204. Hannah, 82, 204. Jacob, 50. 
Joel, 162. Joshua, 162. Lucy G., 
158. Mary, 82, 162, 204. Mehitable, 
204. Moses, 204. Sarah J., 162. 
William, 11, 50,216. William, Jr., 

Perkins, Charlotte P., 194. Ellen 
Louisa, 195. Francis, 193. Francis 
W., 194. Henry, 194. Henry G., 
193, 194. John S., 194. Louisa 
R., 193. Mary D., 195. Sarah, 193 

Perry, Emily A. R., 103. Isabella, 
103. James, 103. Mary, 103. Will- 
iam S., 103 

Peterson, Hepzibah, 24, 85 

Pettishall, 139 

Phillips, Freeman, 1 1 . Lydia, 49 

Pierce house, 50 

Plan of the town [Needham], 84 

Ploughs furnished by the town, 20, 1 1 2 

Pond, Edmund G, 188. Gen., 41. 
Mary, 79 



Poole, Francis H., 98 

Poor, relief of, 1726, 126 

Poor house, committee to buy, 54, 1 1 2 

Pope, Arthur W., 50, 188 

Porter, Charlotte, 194 

Postmasters, 95, 100, 216-218 

Pound, 86 

Powder house, 192, 193 

Pratt, 21. Benanuel, 87. Cyrus, 86, 
87. Daniel, 87. Deborah, 87, 105. 
Kphraim, 87, 166. George, 52. 
Henry, 87, 1 27. Hepzibah, 85, 86. 
Hepzibeth, 85. Issachar, 87. Jon- 
athan, 87. Lemuel, 84-87, 109, 192. 
Lydia, 59, 84. Phinehas, 88. Sam- 
uel, 84-86. Samuel, Jr., 87. Sarah, 
68. Seth, 87. Zebadiah, 87 

Prescott, John, 221 

Putney, Lyman K., 218 

Quinlan, Michael W., 86 

Rams running at large, 14 

Representative to the General Court, 
when chosen, 1 1 4 

Revere, George, 219. George B., 217 

Revolutionary soldiers, markers on 
graves of, 39 

Revolutionary War, committees of the 
Town, — correspondence, inspection 
and safety, 14-16, 28, 76, 212; to 
procure beef, 153, 213; to hire men, 
10, II, 14, 16, 44, 47, 56, 75, 76, 94, 
148, 153, 180; to pay soldiers, 14-16, 

39» 56» 76, 94» ii4» <53 ; *» provide 
for soldiers' families, 39, 44, 45, 61, 
76, 77, 93 ; to raise money, 56, 180 

Reynolds, Eliza, 133 

Rice, Charles, 181, 190, 191. Charles, 
2d, 181. Eliza Ann, 181. Emma 
Caroline, 181. Lsaac, 152. John, 

190, 210. Maria, 191. Martha, 152, 
161. Martha S., 200. Mary, 190, 

191. Matthew, 152, 161. Mehit- 
able, 204. Ruth, 152. Sibbel, 157. 
Sybilla, 152, 161. 

Richards, Stephen, 221 

Rider, Sarah, 22 

Robbins, George H., 9, 10, 12, 107, 

Roberts, Joseph, 163, 164. Joseph 
H., 164. Martha, 164. Mary, 163, 
164. Thomas O. P., 164 

Robinson, David, 61. George, 91. 
Mary, 6 1 . Sibbel, 6 1 . Sibel, 6 1 

Rose, Henry, 139 

Runey & Stafford, 208 

Runnels & Co., 208 

Russell, Alfred, 80. Harriet, 24. Jo- 
seph, 64, 79, 80. Lydia, 64. Mar- 
tha, 80. Rebecca, 80. Rebecca L., 
79. William L., 80 

Sanderson, Abia, 35. Simon, 35 

Savage, Hannah, 20. Lucy, 48 

Sawin, Abigail, 148. Joanna, 148. 
John, 148. Thomas, 150 

Sawmill, 40 

Sawyer, Otis, 216 

School committee, district, 18. Gen- 
eral, 18. In.specting, 18. Pruden- 
tial, 18. Superintending, 18 

School districts, 18. Alterations in, 
56, 58, 63, 85. School funds, 126 

School houses, committees in refer- 
ence to, — to ascertain proprietors* 
rights in, 32, 63, 85, 142, 148. To 
build and repair, 15, 20, 28, 32, 58, 
63, 85, 1 17, 142, 148. To dispose of 
old school house, 20, 63. To move, 
58. To purchase, 32 

School houses, first, 126-128. Names 
of, 211. Petitions relating to, 126, 

School land, 13, 18, 58, 92, 115, 127 

Schools, 13, 18, 19, 92, 126-128. Com- 
mittee to hire teachers, 28, 31,62, 
85, 112, 142 

Sealer of leather, 47 

Sealer of weights and measures, 28 

Sealers of bread, 26 

Sears, Hannah, 80. Nancy, 80. Rev. 
Mr., 73. Willard, 80 



Seavems, Charlotte, 33. Elizabeth, 
Vt^ '13» '76. Faithe, 176. Faith- 
ful, 177. Grace, 113. Joseph, 33, 

"3. 176 
Selectmen, 13 

Sessions, Rev. Joseph W., 65 
Shaw, 52 

Shepard, Isaac, n, 213 
Skinner, Ebenezer, 212 
Slack, Benjamin, 180, 206. John, 179, 

180, 206. Mary, 179 

Smith, 26. Aaron, 13-15, 43, 54-^, 
62, 138, 140. Aaron, Jr.. 14. i5» 5S» 
94, 203, 204. Aaron, 3d, 15, 59. 
Abiel, 16. Abigail, 181, 192. Albert, 
60, 134. Amraphel, 17. Ann, 182. 
Ann n., 181. Anna, 55, 61. Anna 
K., 53. Benjamin, 17. Beulah, 57, 
73. Caroline B., 53. Christopher, 

12. Daniel, 17. David, 16, 20. 
David, Jr., 20. Debbe, 57. Debo- 
rah, S7. Dennis, 1S2. El)enezer, 
181,182. Elizabeth, 20, 60. Eliza- 
beth D., 135. Elizabeth F., 61, 
204. Emily, 134. Eunice, 57, 59, 
60, 134, 203. Frank, 211, 213. 
George, 53-55, 61 , 203. George H., 

181. Hannah, 85, 135. Ithamar, 
16. Ilhamar, Jr., 16. Jalx;z, 192. 
James, 12, 13, 15, 17, 191. Jere- 
miah, 16, 221. John, 12, 16, 91, 
127, 128. John, Jr., 12, 13, 16, 19, 
28, 91. John, 3d, 16. Jonathan, 

13, 14, 16, 17, 55, 60. Jonathan, 
Jr., 60, 181. Joshua, 12. Laura, 

134. Louisa W., 53. Luther, 17, 

135. Luther, 2d, 17. Lydia P., 59, 
65. Maria H., 182. Martha, 55, 59, 
143. Mary C, 53, 65. Mercy, 203. 
Newell, 17, 18. Patty, 57. Pela- 
tiah, 15. Pei-sis, 184. Phebe, 20. 
Priscilla, 59, 182, 203. Rel>ecca, 
55, 203. Rebecca F., 53. Rhoda, 
130. Robert, 15-17, 39, 56, 77. 
Samuel, 16. Sarah, 105, 172. Sol- 

omon F., 53. Sukey G., 59, 204. 
Susan M., 134. Susanna, 59. Su- 
sannah, 59. Timothy, 17, 171. Tim- 
othy N., 18. William, 16. 60. Wil- 
liam, Jr., 16 

Smith tomb, 9, 12, 107 

Sparhawk, Sparrowk, Beriah, 151, 206. 
Lydia, 206. Martha, 151. Tim- 
othy, 151 

Spear, James, 86. Lydia, 86 

Spring, Joanna, 36. John, 91, 92. 
Louisa, 34. Lydia, 34. Thaddeus, 

Steams, Deborah, 132 

Stedman, Charles IL, 67. iLbenezer, 
182. Ellis, 67. EloisaC, 67. Eu- 
nice M., 182. Franci-s, 67, 68. Frnn- 
cis C, 67. Frank E., 68. llarriul, 
67, 68. Joseph, 36, 37, 67, 68. 
Mary, 36, 37, 67. Rebecca, 67, 68. 
Rebecca E., 67. Walter, 36, 37, 67. 
William M., 68 

Stevens, Abel, 21, 22, 25, 41, 207. 
Abel F., 22. Abi jah, 22-25, 4 1 , 202. 
Adeline, 22. Almira, 22. Amos, 
23, 24, 182, 189. Anna, 23, 202. 
Augustus, 25, 26. Caroline, 22, 83. 
Charles, 25, 26. Christiana, 23. 
Elbridge, 27. liliza, 26, 27. Eliza 
A., 23. Elizabeth 1)., 182, 189. 
Ephraim, 24-26, 202, 208. Ephraim, 
Jr., 26. Frances M., 23. Franci.s, 
23, 27. Francis O., 23. Franklin, 

22. Frederick, 189. George, 24, 
202. George G., 24, 25. George 
R., 24. Hadassah, 21, 22, 202. 
Harriot, 23, 24. Henry, 206, 207. 
Herbert J., 22. Herbert S., 25. 
Horace, 104. Joseph, 23, 25. Ix)- 
renzo, 22. Luther M., 22. Maria, 

23. Mary A., 22. Otis, 23, 24. 
Phebe, 25. Rel)ecca, 25, 26. Sally, 
51. Samuel, 25, 27. Sarah, 22, 23, 
25. Samh R., 104. Sibble, 25. 
Silas, 25. Susanna, 25. Sybel, 24- 



26, 202. Timothy, 26, 27. War- 
ren, 23 

Stimson, Elizabeth, 27. Jeremiah, 27 

Stocks, 86 

Stoddard, Elizabeth, 176 

Stone, widow, 141 

Stratton, Daniel, 165. Elizabeth, ^^j 
113, 176. Martha, 165. Nancy, 
165. Patty, 165 

Streets, names of, 211 

Strife Meadow Brook, 188 

Suffolk County, division of, 114 

Swine, 13, 21 

Tamling, Matthew, 211 

Teachers in the years 1730-31, 128; 
in 1714, 211. 

Temple, Lydia, 83, 99 

Tenney, Benjamin, 134. Betsey, 134. 
Emily P., 134. John, 134. J. VaJ- 
entine, 134. Philena, 134 

Timlxjr, surveyors of, 54 

TisdaJe, George Willard, 220 

Tolman, Jesse, 50. John, 314, 315 \ 

'J own treasurer, committee to reckon 
with, 31. To give instructions to, 

Townsend, Belinda, 135. Charles A., 
135. Rev. Jonathan, 24, 40, 55, 
186, 212, 213, 222. Linda, 135. 
Royal A., 135. Samuel, 213. Thom- 
as H., 185, 187 

Townsend house, 93 

Train, Charles, 199. Lydia, 34. Sarah, 

Travis, Oaniel, 165. Henry, 26, 51. 
Martha A., 51. Polly, 154. Sally, 

Trull, David, Jr., 41. Jemima, 88 

Tucker, Enos II., 49, 180, 195, 197, 
200, 218, 220. Harrit H. S., 180. 
Jarat, 49. Jerusha, 32, 195. Nath- 
aniel H., 180 

Turner, Henry, 37. Margaret, 37. 
John, 37. Joseph, 37. Sarah, 37 

Tuttle, Frederick G., 220 

Tythingmen, 1 1 

Underwood, 205, 206. Abigail, 151, 

205, 206. Elizabeth, 206. Hannah, 

206. Isaac, 140, 151, 206. John, 
150* I5i» 206. Jonathan, 206. Jo- 
seph, 206. Mary, 206 

Upham, Josiah, 213 
Usher, Abigail, 65 
Vernon, Admiral, 221 
Vose, Henry, 40, 41 
Waban Brook, 133, 211 
Waban Lake, 30, 137, 202, 203 
Wait, John, 166. Marcy, 166 
Wales, Abigail J.* 191. Benjamin, 192. 
Catherine C, 192. Elkanah, 192. 
Emeline C, 192. Emma, 192, 193. 
Martha J., 192. Nathaniel, 41, 188, 
191-193. Nathaniel, Jr., 192, 193. 
Sally, 191, 192. Susanna, 192 
Wales Street, 192. Tavern, 192 
Walker, George IJ. & Co., 127, 128, 

186. Martha, 167 
Wallace, Bet.sey, 103. Moses, 103 
Ward, Amos, 155, 156. Artemas, 156. 
Artimus, 156. Benjamin, 155, 156, 
206. Edward, 206. Eunice, 156. 
Lydia, 156. Mehitable, 155. Sam- 
uel, 155 
Wardens, 35 

Ware, 210. Abigail, 63, 65. Benja- 
min, 66. Caroline, 64, 204. Dan- 
iel, 62-64. Daniel, Jr., 64. Daniel 
N., 64, 204. Dexter, 65. Dor- 
othy, 63, 145, 152. Ebenezer, 
66, 127. Elizabeth, 66. Elizabeth 
R., 135. Ephraim, 66, 91, 184. 
Ephraim, Jr., 66. Hannah, 136. 
Hannah P., 65. Jonathan, 66. 
Joseph, 66. Josiah, 61. Levina, 
64, 204. Louisa, 53, 54. Lucinda, 
53, 54. Luther, 65, 66, 135. Lydia, 
64, 129, 145. Lydia J., 64. Lydia 
M., 64, 204. Lydia P., 64. Mary, 
61. Nathaniel, 61, 66. Nathaniel, 
Jr., 67. Persis, 184, 185. Reuben, 



49» 59» 64, 65, 136. Reuel, 136. 
Robert, 145. Samuel, 66, 135. Sam- 
uel, Jr., 66, 105. Sarah F., 136. 
Sybil (Sibel, Sibbel), 61, 204 

Washburn, Diana P., 220. Hannah, 

Watkins, Wodkins, Andrew, 13 

Weighers of bread, 26 

Weights and measures, 12, 28 

Wellesley Congregational Church, 10, 
19, 184 

West, Rev. Samuel, 31, 129, 155, 222 

West company of militia, 40, 41 

West meeting house, pledge to con- 
tribute to build, no 

West Precinct, boundary, 43. Com- 
mittee of, 60. Petition to incor- 
porate into a town or district, 20. 
Records of, 43 

Wheat, Katherine, 49 "^ 4, 

Wheaton, Caleb, 212 

Wheelak, Mary, 61 

Whitcomb, Hannah, 78 

White, Alice, 98. Clarissa C, 171. 
Frances M. £., 19. George, 19, 
182. John, 98, 136. Jonathan, 171. 
Julie, 136. Juliet, 136 

Whiting, Adaline V., 176. Nathan, 49 

Whiting-Tucker house, 49 

Whitney, Ebenezer, 166, 167. Israel, 
17, 216. Jason, 166. Lois, 166. 
Mary, 167 

Wight, Albert F., 170. Mary E., 170. 

W. A., 140 
Wild cats, 39 
Willard, Ephraim, 147. Lydia, 84, 

Willey, Benjamin B., 163. Harriet 

J., 163. Herburt L.,163 
Williams, Eliza, 197. Hannah, 197. 

Leonard, 34. Rev. Mr., 159. Silas 

G., 217. Thomas, 197 
Wilson, Nathaniel, Jr., 184. Seth, 

Winch, Dorcas, 89, 90. Elizabeth D., 

135. Enoch, 90, loi. Enoch B., 

90. Jesse, 90, loi. Leonard, 89. 
Leonard C, 89. Martha, 10 1. Mar- 
tha B., 90, 1 01. Meliscent, 199 

Windram, Harold W., 212 
Winship,' Daniel, 49. James, 49. 
Joseph, 49, 50. Lydia, 49. Susan, 

Withington, Phinfeas, 120, 121. Sarah 

A., 120 
Wood, and bark, measurers of, 54 
Woodcock, 2 10. Jeremiah, 13, 19, 

91, 92, 126, 209. Timothy, 219 
Woodlawn Cemetery, 107, 205. Re- 
moval of remains to, 107, in 

Woodward, Benoni, 27, 57, 115. Eliza- 
beth, 57. Lydia, 50, 69, 115. Rev. 
Samuel, 82, 161 

Error on p. 184 : Major Ebenezer Mcintosh's service of eighteen years on 
the standing committee of the First Parish was the fourth^ not the thirds in 
length of time in the annals of the parish. Deacon Isaac Shepard served 
twenty-one years. (See p. 213.) 

P. 216. The Metcalf house is said to have been taken down by Otis Sawyer 
in 1844. It was built by Thomas Metcalf, and was the home of his son, Michael, 
and later of the Harris family (see Michael Harris, p. 214). Ensign Michael 
Harris was a grandson of Thomas Metcalf named above. 

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